An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) died in a shootout with policemen in Zamboanga City early Saturday, police said.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, identified the fatality as Joel Sacro, resident of Brgy. Putik, and a PDEA agent assigned in Tawi-Tawi.

The “shootout” occurred around 7:30 a.m. in an apartment along Saavedra extension, Brgy. Sta. Maria.

Elements of the city’s Police Station 7 went to the area after a resident complained that Sacro indiscriminately fired his gun, De Ocampo told Bandera in a text message.

“While approaching the apartment, the suspect fired his firearm, prompting the responding policemen to fire back, causing his untimely death,” De Ocampo said.

Members of the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives later arrived at the scene and recovered two caliber-.45 pistols and a caliber-5.56 M16A2 rifle from the slain suspect, he said. (John Roson)

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