Cops kill 2 hired guns in LB market shootout PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 December 2011 18:02

Two gun-for-hire assassins were killed in a shootout with policemen minutes after they shot and wounded a business couple at the fish section of LB Supermarket in Tumaga last Tuesday night.    

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo identified the slain suspects as Melvin Mendoza, 36, married, and his nephew Johnny Mendoza, 20, both natives of Vitali and temporarily residing in Guiwan. Melvin  had a pending warrant of arrest for homicide.

De Ocampo said he will recommend for meritorious promotion of those policemen who quickly responded and engaged in a shootout with the two hired guns.
De Ocampo said that Jovelyn Buendia, 42, and her husband Wilbert Mendoza, 46, were tending their business at the fish section of the LB Supermarket around 6 p.m. when Melvin who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol arrived and shot Wilbert in the body.

Although wounded, Wilbert managed to run and sought assistance from people in the market.

Melvin turned his gun on Jovelyn, shooting her and hitting her in the  arms. She fell on the pavement.

De Ocampo said that the shooting was quckly responded by men of the Sta. Maria Police Station under Chief Insp. Felix Martinez. Sensing the presence of the policemen, Melvin opened fire on them triggering a brief shootout.

Like in a movie action scene, Martinez’ men surrounded Melvin and Johnny as the exchange of gunfire continued while market goers and other people around scampered in different directions.

Moments later, Melvin and Johnny were found lying on the ground with fatal bullet wounds in their body.

De Ocampo said they recovered a .45 caliber pistol from the possession of Melvin and an XRM motorcycle near Johnny.

The motorcycle was later found to be registered under the name of Mark Francis Lucero of Mampang.

De Ocampo said the deployment of the plaincloth  policemen at LB Supermarket is one of the police’s new strategies to combat criminalities in the city.

De Ocampo said he will recommend for meritorious promotion of the alert and brave policemen  —  SPO2 Alexander Atillo, PO3 Noel Estrada, PO2 Leo Ybid, PO1 Crisanto Dela Cruz, PO1 Marlon Hipolani, PO1 Howard Furuc and PO1 Charlie May Basilio. — Dan Toribio Jr.