BACOOR CITY, Cavite – A notorious drug pusher was killed while trying to engage police and anti-illegal drug operatives in a shootout, as he attempted to evade arrest during a drug buy-bust operation in his house in Green Valley, Barangay San Nicolas 3 here, on Saturday afternoon.
Police Superintendent Francisco Lucena III, the city police chief, said Ronnel Montebon, 28, tried to shoot and lob a grenade on pursuing policemen while scaling through the roof of his house.
The suspect’s gun misfired and tried to unpin his grenade. But the pursuing officer, Senior Police Officer 1 Angelito Roxas, was quick to shoot him, Lucena said.
Minutes earlier, the city police enforcers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives, led by Agent Ma. Fatima Caboteja, conducted a drug buy-bust operation against the suspect with Police Officer 2 Dave Gregor Bautista acting as poseur-buyer.
The undercover cop and a confidential asset were transacting with the suspect to buy the illegal drug locally known as “shabu” but the latter sensed he was dealing with police poseur-buyers.
Suspect Montebon, who was armed with a gun and a grenade, tried to hide atop his house to elude arrest.
Scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) team recovered at the crime site the suspect’s cal. 9mm pistol Armscor with serial number 1030504, which was loaded with one live ammunition and magazine loaded with eight pieces of live ammunition; a hand grenade and a black coin purse with twelve sachets of shabu. Rogelio Limpin/PNA-northboundasioa.com