Bloody end for drug-peddling fruit vendor

September 12, 2019

LUCENA CITY — A fruit vendor suspected to be a drug pusher on Wednesday was killed in a shootout with policemen conducting a drug buy-bust at Purok Atin-atin 1, Bgy. Marketview, this city.

Joel Toledo alias “Kulot,” a 51-year-old resident of the village, sustained a fatal gunshot wound and died on the spot, said Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo.

Quoting police reports from Lucena City police station under Lt. Col. Reydante Ariza, Madrideo said the shootout transpired at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

A poseur buyer was able to buy 0.26 grams of suspected shabu from the suspect in exchange for a marked P500 bill.

The suspect sensed the buy-bust and ran away.

“While running away, the suspect pulled a cal. 38 revolver and opened fire at the pursuing cop who quickly fired back, hitting him in the body”, Madrideo said.