An alleged big-time drug pusher who yielded 25 grams of suspected shabu worth P250,000 was shot dead in a buy-bust operation conducted by Tagbilaran City police in Barangay Booy.
The suspect, 25-year-old Edgar Sarmiento, a resident of Brgy. Mansasa, pulled out and shot his .38 caliber firearm at a police operative prompting the authorities to fire back, killing the alleged pusher.
According to police, Sarmiento drew and fired his weapon after suspecting that he sold drugs to a police poseur-buyer.
The undercover cop was able to purchase P500 worth of suspected shabu from Sarmiento, police said.
Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered the suspectâ€™s .38 caliber pistol which was loaded with four live rounds and a fired shell still lodged inside the gunâ€™s barrel.
Also apprehended during the buy-bust were the suspectâ€™s companions, 24-year-old Rio Joy Magparo and 20-year-old Juvy Banglao, who is believed to be Â Sarmientoâ€™s girlfriend.
Magparo and Bangalao along with the 16-year-old sibling of the latter were caught engaging in a pot session.
Police recovered from them one sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia. (Allen Doydora)