Two Police Officers conducting visibility patrol in Barangay Poblacion, Sirawai, Zamboanga Del Norte were shot by three unidentified males with the use of a caliber .45 pistol on August 19, 2016 at about 5:30 PM.
PSSUPT EDWIN BUENAVENTURA C WAGAN, Provincial Director, Zamboanga Del Norte Police Provincial Office, identified the victims as PO2 Joemar P Fuertes and PO1 Michael Jay G Castro, both members of Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Public Safety Company, augmented to Sirawai Municipal Police Station.
The victims sustained injuries in the vital parts of their body and were rushed to the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Sirawai Zamboanga Del Norte by the responding element of Sirawai MPS, but PO1 Castro was pronounced dead on arrival by Sirawai RHU attending physician. While PO2 Joemar P Fuertes was in critical condition after he was given first aid and later evacuated to Zamboanga City for further treatment.
The suspects fled to unknown direction after the incident. They are now the subject of the manhunt operation being conducted by Sirawai MPS. Recovered at the crime scene were four cal .45 empty shells. PRO9 Acting Regional Director PCSUPT BILLY B. BELTRAN condemned the treacherous killing as an act of cowardice by attacking against defenseless police officers.
PCSUPT BELTRAN directed Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Police Director PSSUPT EDWIN BUENAVENTURA C WAGAN and Chief of Police of Sirawai MPS to conduct manhunt operation against the suspects and to conduct an in-depth investigation in order to determine the motive and identities of the assailants.
PCSUPT BELTRAN reminds all PNP elements to be always alert and vigilant in the performance of their duties. He also urges the public who has seen or witnessed the shooting incidnet to show up, cooperate and support the police and provide relevant information as to the whereabouts of the suspects. PNP Hotline Number 09175062000 and iReport Mo kay TSIP 0917847575 or PRO9 OPNS 09063680749.