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Gun-for-hire gang boss, cohort killed in shootout

A notorious leader of a gun-for-hire group and his alleged cohort were gunned down by police at a checkpoint late Wednesday night in Quezon City.

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) identified the slain suspect as Glen Ebio, 31, of Sto. Domingo, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. His alleged cohort remained unidentified as of yesterday.

Police said Ebio was known as the leader of a gun-for-hire group operating in Region 3, Region 5 and Metro Manila. He was wanted for murder in Malolos, Bulacan.

Police said the duo were killed after engaging operatives of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) Anti-Carnapping (ANCAR) in a shootout along NIA Road in Brgy. Pinyahan around 11:40 p.m.

Prior to the incident, the DSOU and ANCAR received information from the NCRPO that Ebio was seen riding a black Rusi motorcycle in an informal settlers’ community in Barangay Central.

While conducting “Oplan Sita” along NIA Road Wednesday night, police spotted two men onboard a black motorcycle without a plate number. The driver was not wearing a helmet.

Police identified the driver as Ebio after his appearance fitted the description of the NCRPO, prompting them to flag the men down for verification.

But instead of stopping, the suspects sped away and fired at the team, resulting in a firefight.

Police said they rushed the suspects to East Avenue Medical Center but were declared dead on arrival due to several gunshot wounds.

At the hospital, doctors recovered from the suspects three sachets of suspected shabu and a P500 bill.

Crime scene investigators recovered the motorcycle with defaced engine and chassis numbers, two loaded .45-caliber pistols, and about 20 spent shells from caliber .45, 9mm and .40 handguns. (VANNE ELAINE P. TERRAZOLA)