SAIDSOTG operatives of Zamboanga City Police Station 9 (Ayala) conducted a drug buy-bust operation at Purok 4, Barangay Recodo, this city at about 6:10 AM on July 30, 2016, which resulted in a shootout incident.
Prior to the incident, operatives of said station conducted a buy-bust operation, however, the suspect noticed the presence of operatives and fired shots at them, prompting the team to retaliate and fatally hit the suspect. The drug personality was identified as Gapur Arola a.k.a “Gapul”, 29. SOCO personnel processing the area recovered a Cal.38 revolver, empty shells and two live rounds of said gun, a small purse containing two medium-size sachets of suspected shabu, two tablets of suspected ecstacy, drug paraphernalia, and marked money. Also confiscated inside his house were different drug paraphernalia. Alias “Gapul” has a standing warrant for violation RA 9165 and responsible for the killing of police assets in the area.
-with report from PO3 Bernard Tan, RPIO9