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Cop cheats death


A policeman in Gutalac Municipality, Zamboanga del Norte (ZDN) Province cheated death after he was waylaid and shot by unidentified suspects on Monday morning.

Police Regional Office 9 (PRO9) spokesperson, Chief Insp. Helen Galvez told Zamboanga Today that PO2 Rey Torrefranca Saladaga, 38, married, of the said place and assigned with Gutalac Municipal Police Station, was on his way to report for duty when he was shot by two unidentified suspects.

Galvez said that PO2 Salagada was driving his motorcycle to the police station to attend the Monday flag raising ceremony at about 6:30 in the morning. While passing the mountainous area of Barangay New Dapitan, Gutalac, the suspects appeared and fired at PO2 Saladagabut missed. The policeman retaliated and fired back at the gunmen.

PO2 Salagada averred that the suspect escaped towards a grassy area.

The police spokesperson said that PO2 Salagada proceeded to the police station and reported the incident.

Policemen recovered four spent shells of a 9mm caliber pistol at the crime scene.

A deeper investigation is being conducted to identify and arrest the suspects. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)

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