Pusher’s gun jams; PNP shot him instead


A suspected buy-bust target sensing the buyer was a policeman in disguise, pulled his gun, but got stucked and mis-fired. The suspect  drug peddler was instead shot by a back-up police team and was hit. The suspect is now in a local hospital.

A high value target (HVT) landed at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital after a brief shoot-out with an operative who was assigned as the police poseur-buyer during a buy-bust operation this afternoon at Purok Anduhaw, barangay Piapi.

The suspect identified as Jemson Alaton sensed that he was transacting a policeman after the buy-bust was consummated pushed him (poseur-buyer) back and pulled a gun from his waist then squeezed the trigger while the poseur-buyer was able to grab the slingbag of the suspect.

Fortunately, the gun misfired, it missed the loaded live ammunition because the chamber only has two live bullets, the hammer hit an empty chamber of the revolver. At this instance, the poseur-buyer, who is a member of the Special Operations Group (SOG) pulled his issued Cal. 9mm pistol and returned fire hitting Alaton ones was already trying to escape.

A brief chase ensued and he was subdued by the back up operatives.

Recovered from his sling bag is the shabu weighing 40 grams more less with an estimated dangerous drugs board value of P272,000, digital weighing scale, cash proceeds and the marked money, while recovered from the body of the suspect were two small sachets placed inside a black coin purse and his cellphone, which contains photographs of big bultos of shabu that has arrived first week this month.

The crime scene was processed by elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and recovered one black Cal. 38 revolver loaded with two live ammunition, one sachet believed to be shabu, and an empty shell of the Cal. 9mm pistol of the poseur-buyer.

SOG team leader PIns Allen June Germodo disclosed that Alaton is a Level 3 High Value Target who can dispose shabu in kilos weekly.  Also recovered near the crime scene is the “blue book” containing lists of persons with shabu consignments.

In the blue book, it was recorded that 2.7 kilos had arrived Jan. 8, 2019 and divided to coded names, 300 grams for Bacolod, 1 kilo believed to be for Looc, another 500 grams to one person, among others.

Records show that Alaton was also arrested in September 2014 during a buy-bust operation and it was not immediately available how the case was resolved.

Present during the inventory are village chief Charlemagne Bantilan and Kag. Lolita Ontolan, DOJ representative Chilius Benlot and media representative Choy R Gallarde.