Cop, wanted man killed in shootout PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:11

By DAN TORIBIO

A policeman and a leader of a lawless group were killed in a brief shootout at Sitio Lemon, Barangay Salvacion, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte at dawn yesterday.

Killed were PO2 Alexandro Dayawen Gapongli, a PNP Special Action Force trooper and Omar Arasi alias Commander Sapii, the target of the operation.   Chief Insp. Rogelio Alabata, information officer of the Police Regional Office-9,  disclosed that men from the RIU9, SAF, RID, PIB, RPSB and Labason Municipal Police Station swooped down on the hideout of Arasi to arrest him on the strength of a warrant, but while they were approaching,  Arasi and his followers opened fire triggering a shootout.

Police said that Arasi and an unidentified cohort were killed while Gapongli was also hit in the body and died.

Police also arrested Arasi’s follower identified as Elmer Mucadam.

After the firefight, policemen recovered high powered firearms and ammunition from the Arasi’s hideout

Arasi was the most wanted person in the municipality. – Dan Toribio