AN alleged drug suspect was killed in a shootout when he resisted arrest while police were serving a search warrant at his home yesterday before dawn in Valenzuela city.
Michael Franco, 48, of No. 042 J. Santiago St. Libo, Malanday, succumbed to bullet wounds in the body while being rushed to Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital while his live-in partner Michelle Callo, 48, was subsequently arrested after the shootout.
Valenzuela police chief Col. Fernando Ortega said other suspects identified as Alfrancis Valencia, 19, Joselito Filo, 43, Josephine Lopez, 47, Louie Caillo, 23, Rainier Franco, 20, Myrna Barsaga, 46, Arlene Albay, 23 and a 15-year-old boy were arrested after they were caught in the act of having a pot session inside the slain suspect’s house.
Col. Ortega said that earlier at around 4:05 a.m., joint elements of Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and elements of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 6, led by Capt. Segundino Bulan, Jr and Lt. Ronald Sanchez went to the house of Franco to serve a search warrant issued by Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Emma Matammu of Branch 269.
When lawmen entered the gate of the suspect’s house, they were met by a volley of gunfire prompting the lawmen to return fire and hit Franco.
Policemen recovered from the slain suspect a caliber .38 revolver while several pieces of plastic sachets containing shabu weighing more or less 13 grams with standard drug price worth P88,400 and several pieces of drug paraphernalia were seized from the arrested suspects.