Gutalac Municipal Police Station AIDSOTG held a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Isidro, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte at about 9:50 in the morning of September 24, 2016. This resulted in the neutralization of Wilson Palanas y Salimbagat, 42, resident of the same barangay.
The operation was based on the report from a confidential agent that the said suspect is engaged in illegal drug trade at above-mentioned place. As the drug deal was underway, Palanas sensed that the person he was transacting with is a police officer. He immediately drew his cal .38 revolver and shot at the poseur buyer. However, the officer was not hit and returned fire that hit the suspect on the different parts of his body and resulted in his instantaneous death. Recovered from the suspect were two sachets of suspected shabu, an Armscor 202 cal .38 revolver without serial number loaded with five rounds of ammo, and drug paraphernalia. Due to the absence of the municipal doctor in Gutalac, the cadaver was later forwarded to Labason district hospital for proper disposition.
-with report from PO3 Bernard Tan, RPIO9