A fugitive listed as Most Wanted Person in Region 1 died after he shot it out with a composite police team sent to arrest him in the early morning of Saturday (August 1) at Barangay Mayabobo, Candelaria, Quezon Province.
In his report to PRO1 Headquarters, Pangasinan police head PSSupt Percival G. Barba identified the dead person as Gerry Andal y Caronongan, who has a standing warrant of arrest for murder issued by Honorable Judge Tita Rodriguez-Villarin of RTC Branch 46 in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. Andal is listed Most Wanted Person in the Regional Level with a monetary reward of P300,000.00 approved by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Barba’s report disclosed that combined elements of Pozorrubio (Pangasinan) Police Station and Quezon province police led by Pozorrubio police chief PCInsp Domingo D. Soriano, went to serve the warrant to Andal at about 5:15 A.M. last Saturday. Andal, however, resisted arrest and fired a shotgun on the arresting team, prompting the lawmen to shoot back.
The brief shootout resulted in the wounding of Andal who was immediately brought to Peter Paul Hospital in Candelaria town but was declared dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician, the report added.
PCSupt Ramon V. Gatan, PRO1 Regional Director, commended the arresting team and expressed satisfaction over the recent gains of PRO1 in its anti-criminality efforts.
“Let us continue our intensified campaign against wanted persons in coordination with other agencies, even as we maintain good relations with the community whose support and cooperation are indispensable to our overall success,” Gatan urged his subordinates. PNPPRO1