TACLOBAN CITY- A 35-year old man listed among the most wanted was shot dead by policemen after he allegedly opened fire on officers serving an arrest warrant in Ormoc City last June 30.
The fatality, Rodel “Ode” Arsenal, had a warrant of arrest dated February 8, 2019, for frustrated murder and attempted murder issued by Judge Wenifredo Cuaton of Regional Trial Court (RTC)-Branch 11 in Calubian, Leyte.
The operatives said that while they were implementing the warrant of arrest to Arsenal at around 3:35 pm at Tzu Chi Village in Barangay Liloan, they were fired upon by the suspect with his Cal .45 pistol, prompting the police officers to retaliate.
Arsenal was hit in the different parts of his body which caused his instantaneous death, according to a police report.
The joint police operation was conducted by Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) led by Major Alex Echon, Ormoc City Police-Station 3 and Ormoc City Mobile Force Company under the supervision of Colonel Armel Gongona, Ormoc city police director.
“Here in Ormoc City, peace and order remains to be our priority despite the fact that we are preoccupied in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Our police force remains busy with their work,” Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez said. (RONALD O. REYES)