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A 32-year-old man armed with a shotgun was killed in a shootout with police in Tondo, Manila, Thursday night.
Police identified the slain suspect as Jin Billy dela Cruz, a resident of Building 2 Katuparan Vitas, Barangay 128, Tondo.
Investigation showed that members of Raxabago-Tondo Police Station were conducting anti-criminality patrol when they saw Dela Cruz and three others along Riverside at Vitas Katuparan, Tondo, around 11 p.m.
Patrolling policemen accosted the four men as they were acting suspiciously in the area known for illegal drug activities.
Upon seeing the police, the suspects scampered to different directions.
Dela Cruz, while fleeing, fired a shot at the pursuers, prompting the cops to fire back.
The armed man sustained gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at Tondo Medical Center.
Police recovered the suspect’s improvised shotgun. (Analou de Vera)