A policeman ended up getting killed while an alleged teacher was injured when their group shot it out with a soldier after a holdup spree in Cortes, Surigao del Sur, on Friday, police reported.
Killed was PO1 Arnold Olvida, assigned at Mati City, Davao Oriental, while his cohort Tomie Olvida, who claimed to be a teacher, suffered a bullet wound on the nose, according to a report from the Caraga regional police.
Three other suspects managed to escape and are now being hunted down.
The shootout occurred shortly before 6 p.m., after the Olvidas’ group staged back-to-back heists in Brgy. Burgos.
The Olvidas, along with three still unidentified men, first held up businessman Nomeriano Curada inside his store, according to the report.
Curada told local police that five men went to his store looking for snacks, but suddenly pulled out guns and declared a heist.
He said the armed men took P400,000 cash, P14,000 worth of jewelries, and a cellphone before escaping towards the National Highway.
Upon reaching the Cortes Municipal Hospital, the robbers tried to take a green motorcycle from Tomas Burnales and his son Vincent.
The Burnaleses resisted so the robbers shot Vincent on both legs and poked a gun on his father’s face, the report said.
It was then that the robbers crossed paths with Msgt. Eleno Leopoldo, of the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion, who happened to be walking along the road after visiting his farm.
As Leopoldo passed by, the robbers fired but failed to hit him.
The soldier, who was carrying his caliber-.22 rifle, returned fire, killing one of the robbers on the spot and hitting another on the nose.
Tomas and Vincent Burnales were later brought to the Adela Sierra Ty Memorial Medical Center.
Wounded suspect Tomie Olvida was brought to the same hospital after policemen captured him in a pursuit.
He yielded a caliber-.45 pistol, two magazines loaded with 17 bullets, a wallet containing an ID card from the Professional Regulation Commission, firearm license, Philhealth ID, and P150 cash.
Authorities recovered from PO1 Arnold Olvida’s body a caliber-.9mm pistol, two magazines loaded with 21 bullets, a wallet containing identification cards from the PNP, AFPSLAI, PSSLAI, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, an ATM card, and a payslip for February 2012.
Also found on his body were a metal class ring, a homemade caliber-.45 pistol loaded with five bullets, and another wallet containing P13,040 cash believed to be owned by Curada. (John Roson)
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