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Caloocan cop, drug suspect killed in armed encounter

A police officer and a drug suspect were killed following an armed encounter in Caloocan City, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

The PNP identified the killed cop as Police Corporal Dexter Rey Teves, member of the Caloocan City Police Station.

The PNP said Teves and Police Corporal Rex Abraham Abigan flagged down two individuals, on board a motorcyle, for not wearing helmets on Tuesday in Barangay 167.

When the cops asked for documents of the motorcycle, one of them, a certain Mark Gil "Macoy" Toreda, drew his firearm and shot the cops hitting Teves.

Abigan tried to grab the suspect's gun but he was hit on his right foot.

Upon hearing the shots, duty police officer Police Staff Sergeant Christopher Anos immediately responded to the scene and engaged in a shootout with Toreda that caused the latter's death.

Meanwhile, Toreda's companion, Clark Castillo, tried to escape but he was captured by bystanders.

Teves and Abigan were rushed to the Novaliches General Hospital, but the former was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Seized from the suspects' possession were one piece caliber 9mm pistol, one MK2 fragmentation hand grenade, six pieces of heat-sealed plastic containing suspected shabu, and cash amounting to P3,500.

PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas has assured the family of Teves of full financial support. He also extended appropriate financial assistance to wounded policeman Abigan.—AOL, GMA News