FOUR suspected heavily-armed car thieves posing as policemen each time they attack their targets in Metro Manila were killed in a gunbattle with agents of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group early yesterday morning in Muntinlupa City.
PNP-HPG director Chief Superintendent Roberto B. Fajardo said the shootout took place on Don P. Reyes Avenue in Daang Reyna, Southville, Poblacion, Muntinlupa City, at around 5:25 a.m.
According to the official, members of the PNP-HPG Special Operations Division-Task Force Limbas headed by Supt. Jose Ali Duterte tried to stop the armed suspects in a car but were met with a volley of fire prompting them to retaliate killing the suspects. Recovered from the slain suspects were a 12-gauge shotgun, a caliber .45 semi-automatic pistol, a cal. .357 Magnum revolver and a cal. .38 revolver.
One of the suspects was found wearing an old PNP camouflage uniform and a “POLICE” athletic shirt while the other three were in civilian clothes. One of them was reportedly out on bail for a car theft case. The real identities of the suspects were still being verified as of press time.
Investigators also recovered several PNP uniforms and police identification cards in the suspects’ vehicle.
According to Duterte, they spotted the suspects’ car which is a subject of a flash alarm. However, when signaled to pull over, the driver of the sedan refused and stepped on the gas while his companions opened fire at the HPG operatives.
A running gunbattle eventually ensued which led to the death of the four.
Fajardo said upon verification of the suspects’ vehicle (Hyundai Accent with conduction sticker MP 0669) was originally assigned to a Hyundai Eon but was believed to have been transferred by the suspects to their car.
Duterte told the Journal Group that they have been trailing the suspects who gained notoriety for posing as policemen each time they steal a car or an SUV at gunpoint, the latest heist were in Manila and Taguig City.