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Motorcycle ‘thief’ dead in Batangas shootout

/ 12:54 PM October 10, 2019

SAN PEDRO CITY –– A man accused of selling “stolen” motorcycles was killed in a shootout with the police in Sto. Tomas City in Batangas province on Thursday.

The slain suspect was identified as Dominador Espeleta, said a report from the regional police headquarters.

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City police chief Lt. Col. Rey Ochavo, in a phone interview, said members of the police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) mounted an entrapment operation against Espeleta at 12:10 a.m. in Barangay Sta. Teresita.

Ochavo said Espeleta agreed to meet with the policemen to sell an allegedly stolen motorcycle.

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“(The suspect) sensed he was transacting with the police,” Ochavo said.

In an attempt to flee, Espeleta sped off on a motorcycle towards Lipa City, Batangas but took a sudden turn when he saw a police checkpoint ahead.

Espeleta then came across another HPG team and allegedly opened fire. Police returned fire and hit the suspect in the head.

A .45 caliber gun was recovered from the suspect./lzb

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