Shootout in Balamban: 4 wounded after buy-bust turned into a car chase, and a gunfight with cops
CEBU CITY, Philippines — It started as a buy-bust operation that turned into a car chase and ended in a shootout, leaving two suspected drug pushers and two of their four female companions, wounded.
The shootout happened in Barangay Cambuhawi in Balamban town at past 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.
This was according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Hife, Balamban Police Station chief, in a report about the shooting.
Wounded suspects identified
Hife also identified the wounded suspected drug dealers as Richard Moscoso and Rex Ledesma, who are both from Barangay Buanoy in Balamban.
The police chief also said that the female driver and three minor girls, all 15 years old, were inside the car during the shootout.
Hife identified the wounded female driver as Arianne Blaire Navales, the live-in partner of Moscoso.
He also said that one of the girls was one of the four wounded in the shootout.
The police chief said that one of the three, 15-year-old girls. inside the car of the suspects during the shootout was allegedly the daughter of Navales and Moscoso.
She was not hurt in the shootout.
How shootout happened
Initial investigation showed that a buy-bust operation was conducted against Moscoso and Ledesma at past 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, in Barangay Pondol, Balamban town.
But as the buy-bust operation went down, the suspects realized that they were transacting with a policeman, they hurriedly got inside the car and leave the area in a Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Navales.
The policemen of the Balamban Police Station pursued the suspects and cornered them in Barangay Cambuhawi after a police mobile patrol vehicle blocked their path.
Driver backed into police motorcycles
Policemen on motorcycles, who were pursuing the suspects and were behind the suspects’ car, stopped, and got off their motorcycles, believing that with the suspects cornered, they would give up.
But instead of giving up, Navales, the driver of the car, suddenly put the car on reverse and slammed into one of the motorcycles of the policemen.
Then, the men in the car started firing at the policemen.
Wounded, rushed to hospital
The shootout, which lasted for a couple of minutes, ended as the two suspects and two of their female companions were wounded during the exchange of gunfire.
No policeman was hurt in the shootout.
The wounded suspects and their wounded female companions were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Police also recovered at the crime scene two guns — a .45 caliber pistol and a .22 caliber revolver.
Aside from that, police also confiscated 38 sachets of suspected shabu and 4 medium packs of suspected shabu from the suspects.
Police also confiscated the Mitsubishi Mirage of the suspects.
According to Hife, the suspects were still recuperating from their wounds at the hospital.
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