By Kate Javier
Another suspected notorious drug peddler was killed after he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout during a sting in Caloocan City early yesterday morning.
PO1 Ariel Dela Cruz, case investigator, said the victim, Dave Valerio of Caloocan City, died on the spot from three gunshot wounds in the back, abdomen and hips.
Valerio was included in the drug watchlist, according city police chief Senior Supt. Restituto Arcangel.
Joint operatives of the city’s drug enforcement unit and special operation unit led by Senior Inspector Cecilio Tomas conducted a buy-bust operation against Valerio on Delos Reyes Street in Barangay 174 around 1 a.m.
However, Valerio reportedly drew a gun and fired shots after sensing that he was transacting with an undercover cop.
This prompted PO1 Don Lawrence Casaway to retaliate, hitting Valerio.
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