Bongao deputy cop chief shot dead, suspect killed in shootout PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 17:37

A deputy police chief of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi was shot dead by a suspect he accosted for illegal possession of firearm but responding policemen also killed the latter Monday night, police said yesterday.

Chief Supt. Bienvenido Latag, police director in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, citing report from Chief Supt. Raul Boac, chief of PRO-ARMM sub-regional office in Jolo, Sulu, said Inspector Erick Fregillana, Bongao police deputy station commander, was investigating the heavily armed suspect Abdul Sabdani over traffic incident around 8:30 p.m. inside the police station.

Fregillana politely asked Sabdani to turn over his M-16 Armalite rifle but the latter refused. This prompted Fregillana to wrestle the M-16 from Sabdani when he was shot.
Fregillana died on the spot while Sabdani fled with M-16, M-14 Garand rifle, cal. 45 pistol, cal. 38 revolver, a rifle grenade and a homemade air gun.

Responding Tawi-Tawi police provincial office personnel forced to engage Sabdani in a shootout after he refused to surrender.
Sabdani was later killed.

The Tawi-Tawi PNP is still determining how Sabdani, a civilian based on his identification cards, managed to carry a heavy and long firearm while moving around town.

After he figured in a car traffic accident, Sabdani voluntarily went to the traffic police office for investigation but he would not let go of his rifle.