Bike theft suspect killed, 2 police hurt in shootout PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:08

A suspected motorcycle thief was killed while a police officer and one of his men were wounded in a shootout in Talon-Talon yesterday afternoon.
Killed was Jay Bajiri Isnani, married, of Alliance Drive, Talon-Talon. Wounded were Insp. Mohammar Mariwa, chief of the City Police Office’s Anti-Carnapping Unit and PO1 Alianafia R. Mariwa.

It was gathered that Mariwa and his men were conducting follow-up operations against suspected motorcycle thieves in Talon-Talon when they spotted Isnani driving a black XRM motorcycle and was acting suspiciously.

Some residents said that Isnani suddenly pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and opened fire on the policemen hitting PO1 Mariwa in the body and Insp. Mariwa in the foot. The lawmen returned fire hitting Isnani in the head and body. He died on the spot.

The two wounded policemen were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Isnani’s wife, who requested anonymity, told police investigators that her husband had just left home past 1 p.m. after they ate lunch. Several minutes later they were informed that he was killed in a shootout.

The wife said that Isnani was engaged in the buying and selling of fish in Magay, this city.

She admitted that her husband was carrying a handgun for his safety but she denied his involvement in the stealing of motorcycles in the city.
OIC City Police Director Chief Supt. Mario Yanga went to the scene to check the status of the case.

Tetuan Police Station commander Chief Insp. Felix Martinez reported to Yanga the initial details of the shootout.

Mayor Celso Lobregat commended the two Mariwas for their courageous act and encouraged them to continue on discharging their mandated duties despite the risks for the interest of Zamboanga City.

Lobregat visited the two woundedpolicemen at the hospital where they were rushed for treatment, to personally convey his commendations.

He said that Insp. Mariwa appeared to be in high spirit despite his wounds and that the latter wants to recover swiftly so he can rejoin his group in running after criminal elements.

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that the Talon-Talon operation yesterday formed part of the overall effort to solve crime incidents in the city. 

The same operation, he said, proves that the authorities with the support of the local government are not resting and are doing all they can to address the security challenges besetting the city.

Last April 18 (Wednesday) joint elements from the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company, Zamboanga City Police Office-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and Regional Intelligence Division-9 arrested two suspected drug pushers in  Purok 3A, barangay Recodo in a buy bust operation.

Arrested were Hamad Asilin y Mahales aka “Obeng”, 48 years old and Abdurahmin Cana y Amina aka “Toto”, 22 years old, both residents of Recodo. Their arrest came after they conspired with each other in selling to a poseur buyer 2 small plastic sachet containing suspected shabu in the amount of P300. A total of 11 other small plastic sachets and 18 medium-sized plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were confiscated from their possession when frisked.

The police are also closely coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office under Director Adzhar Albani in the conduct of anti-illegal drugs operations. Known suspected drug pushers, gun for hire group members and other law offenders were apprehended during recent operations. — With report from Sheila Covarrubias