Armed men shot dead an employee of the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DENR) in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, the other day (Wednesday), police reported.

Ricardo Magallanes, 53, a resident of Brgy. Tambis, was brought to the Democrito Plaza Memorial Hospital due to a bullet wound on his back, but was declared dead on arrival by doctors, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. while Magallanes was riding his motorcycle to the public market.

Two men riding on another motorcycle tailed Magallanes and shot him in Brgy. Poblacion, Gamba said.

Members of the Barobo Police recovered two fired cartridges, believed to be from a caliber-.45 pistol, from the crime scene.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive as of this writing. (John Roson)

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