HOURS after he figured in a standoff with the local police, former Marilao, Bulacan Vice Mayor Andrei Santos was arrested after being forced to surrender following a brief exchange of fire with SWAT officers who stormed the room where he holed himself up on Friday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Chito Bersaluna said yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Bersaluna said that Santos fired his gun at SWAT commandos who assaulted his room following hours of negotiations.
Bersaluna said that after officers returned fire, the politician, who is seeking the Marilao mayoralty in next year’s midterm elections, finally surrendered.
Seized inside the suspect’s room were one cal. .45 Armsco pistol, a magazine containing eight live ammunition, one 9mm Berreta pistol, a magazine containing 15 rounds of live 9mm ammunition, a tear gas canister, one safety lever and five cal. 5.56 casings.
The official said that the warrant of arrest for qualified theft issued against Santos was served following his surrender.
Bersaluna said that prior to the brief firefight, the suspect refused to surrender to a warrant server and hid in his room while carrying a handgun and a hand grenade. The grenade remained unrecovered.