MANILA, Philippines — Two men were killed in an alleged shootout with policemen before dawn yesterday on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
One of the fatalities was Danilo Enriquez, a resident of Sumpang Matanda, Malolos City. He was identified through a police clearance certificate found in his wallet. The other suspect, who was wearing a red polo shirt, denim pants and a pair of black slippers, has yet to be identified.
A report of the Quezon City Police District said that the incident happened at 1:15 a.m. on Commonwealth Avenue in front of the University of the Philippines Atomic Center.
Members of the QCPD District Police Intelligence Operations Unit Special Intelligence Action Service led by Supt. Alexander Sintin were on routine patrol against suspected robbery groups when they spotted a gold Mitsubishi Adventure with no license plates bound for Elliptical Road.
The policemen flagged down the vehicle for inspection but the driver of the van stepped on the gas, leading to a chase.
The report said the occupants of the Adventure fired first on the policemen, who were forced to shoot back. The two suspects were hit and died on the spot.
Policemen later found empty shells for automatic rifles and .45 caliber pistols at the crime scene and a pair of license plates (XAX 854). Recovered from one of the slain men was a caliber .38 revolver with four live ammunition.
According to a police report, the gold Mitsubishi Adventure was stolen in Bulacan. It was registered in the name of Violeta Tejuco.