MANILA – A former police officer who went rogue was killed in an encounter with members of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG).
In a statement Thursday night, PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas, citing reports coming from AKG director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo identified the suspect as Rico Moog Gutierrez, formerly assigned at the Quezon Police Provincial Office (PPO).
Gutierrez has a standing arrest warrant for murder issued by Judge Ma. Cristina Ramos-Beltran of the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 103.
The encounter ensued as police officers were about to arrest Gutierrez, the no. 2 most wanted person of Malolos, Bulacan, in Barangay Sta. Monica, Floridablanca, Pampanga on Wednesday.
The suspect opened fire on the arresting team, prompting them to retaliate and hit him on the body.
The suspect was immediately brought to Romana Pangan District Hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. (PNA)