Shooting suspect killed in shootout

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Shooting suspect killed in shootout

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The suspected gunman in last week’s shooting spree, killing three persons in one spot, died in a shootout with authorities Friday afternoon.

Tagbilaran City chief of police, Superintendent George Vale, narrated that at around 2:35 p.m. on April 15, the city police team under his command and the Provincial Intelligence Branch of Bohol Police Provincial Office under Senior Superintendent Jojit Mananquil conducted a joint operation in response to a report from a concerned citizen that an armed person was spotted in sitio Karaw-an in barangay Dampas.

Upon arriving at the area, the composite police team spotted an armed person later identified as Ian Christopher Alano, also known as “Kabat”, single and a jobless resident of barangay San Isidro, this city.

They identified themselves as police officers and tried to convince Alano to surrender. But, Alano suddenly drew his firearm tucked in his waist and fired directly at the police team.

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The police team fired back, resulting to Alano’s death.

According to witnesses in the area, Alano had frequented the place, armed with a firearm.

Alano had also been noted in incidents of theft.

Scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) from the Bohol Crime Laboratory, led by PInsp. Jovanni Abregana, recovered an STI caliber .45 pistol with serial number 357392 and loaded ammos, a 9mm pistol with defaced serial number, also loaded with a magazine containing ammos, fired cartridge cases, cash amounting to P107, one solar power bank, a cellphone Samsung, a micro SD card, a pair of sunglasses, a coin purse, electrical tape, four empty transparent plastic sachet, one plastic scope, one plastic cigarette case, one improvised tooter, and one lighter from Alano’s possession..

The companion of Reymond Alising—one of the three shooting casualties on April 9—had mentioned the name, Ian Christian, in an earlier interview with the police.

On this, the firearms recovered from Alano in last Friday’s shootout was submitted for cross matching or ballistic examinations to determine if they were the ones used in the April 9 shooting incidents.

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At around 9:20 p.m. on April 9, the 24-year-old Alising, a resident of barangay Tiguis, Lila, and his live-in partner identified as Carla Marie Magason, 17, a resident of Dampas, this city, were walking near the intersection at J.A. Clarin St. adjacent to the City Hall when shot.

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Magason was still alive when brought to the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital but died an hour later.

Alising had police record for theft and was an ex-convict.

A motorcycle-riding passersby who checked the burst of gunfire were also shot from a distance upon reaching near the Central Market about 200 meters from the intersection.

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Police identified the victims as Elmar Anthony Garcia, a 23-year-old student from Mati, Davao and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Gwen Mariel Dagala, a resident of Remolador St. Tagbilaran.

Garcia died, while Dagal survived.

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SOCO team recovered empty shells of caliber 45 and 9mm ammunitions from the crime scenes.

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