Top 1 in Sta. Ana killed in buy bust

A 35-year-old suspected drug pusher, tagged as the top supplier in the jurisdiction of the Sta. Ana Police Precinct, was killed in a shootout during a buy-bust operation at around 11:40 a.m. Thursday at Gotamco, Barangay Leon Garcia, Agdao District.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the suspect as Cristobal Talara, married, jobless, and a resident of the barangay.

Gaspan said the suspect was the number one in the drug personality watchlist of Sta. Ana Police Precinct.

Talara was placed under monitoring for months.

After confirming that the suspect was active in drug pushing, the Sta. Ana Police Station, led by the newly assigned commander Chief Insp Michael Uyanguren, coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for the buy bust.

The poseur buyer was able to buy one elongated sachet for P500 from the suspect.

As the drug transaction was completed, the undercover police officer identified himself and announced his intention to arrest the suspect.

However, Talara resisted arrest and pulled a .38 caliber revolver.

He shot the police officer several times.

The police officer, however, was able to duck and return fire.

The suspect was hit.

The operating team immediately rushed Talara to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. He was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

While at the hospital, police recovered a total of 24 pieces of sachets believed to contain shabu and the P500 buy-bust money from the suspect’s possession.

The total drug evidence has an estimated weight of two grams with an estimated street market value of P25,000.

At the crime scene, the suspect’s gun, loaded with five bullets and three empty shells, were recovered.

The pieces of evidence are now in the custody of Sta. Ana Police Precinct for proper disposition.

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