Robbery suspect shot dead after taking cop’s gun

MANGALDAN–A 19-year old suspect was shot dead when he grabbed the service firearm of one of his police escorts while he was being brought back to the Mangaldan Police Station on board a police jeep after undergoing inquest proceeding before the Provincial Prosecutors’ Office at Justice Hall in Dagupan City.

P/Superintendent Jay Benitez Baybayan, chief of police of the Mangaldan Police Station, identified the dead suspect as Klyd Doria Conde, who was arrested by the Mangaldan police on October 1.

The suspect had string of criminal cases, among them, for violation of Batas Pambansa Bilang 6 (Concealing Deadly Weapon) and RA 10591 (Illegal Possession of Ammunition) and RA 9165 (Possession of Illegal Drugs).

P/Sr. Superintendent Supt Wilson Joseph F Lopez, police provincial director, said the incident happened at about 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 2 while the PNP mobile jeep was cruising along the road going back to the police station from Dagupan City where Conde underwent  inquest proceedings.

He said Conde suddenly grabbed and took possession and control of the issued firearm of PO2 Mar Joseph Briones, one of his police escorts that led to a scuffle between them during which the gun went off several times hitting the roof of the police mobile jeep.

Sensing imminent danger to their lives, the other police escort, PO2 Dennis Cuison, drew his own service pistol and fired on Conde, hitting him in the body.

Conde was immediately brought to Mapandan Community Hospital for treatment but was declared dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician.

P/Sr. Superintendent Herminio S Tadeo Jr, PRO1 officer-In-charge, reminded all police officers to be extra vigilant in handling cases especially in providing security and escort to detainees to avoid a similar incident.

A report identified Conde as a member a hold-up gang operating in Mangaldan and Dagupan. He was tagged as one of the armed men shown in a CCTV (Close Circuit Television) shootage during a holdup in front of a sari-sari store in Bonuan Dagupan City two weeks ago. (Leonardo Micua)

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