A police officer was shot dead by a still unidentified man in front of his store in Mawab, Compostela Valley, Friday afternoon, police said.

SPO1 Achilles Anover, assigned in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, was brought to the Reagan Hospital due to multiple bullet wounds to the body but was declared dead on arrival by doctors, Southern Mindanao regional police spokesman Supt. Marcial Magistrado said.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m., while Anover, a resident of Purok 3, Brgy. Poblacion, Mawab, was standing outside his store in Purok 4.

An unidentified man approcahed Anover and suddenly shot him several times, Magistrado said, citing a report from the Mawab Police.

Found at the scene were Anover’s pouch bag, two cellphones, caliber-.9mm service pistol, and 17 live ammunition.

Local police are still trying to determine the motive and identity of the assailant, who immediately fled after the incident, Magistrado said. (John Roson)

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