Gun-for-hire leader shot dead by cops

STA. MARIA–The alleged leader of a suspected gun-for-hire group operating in the Fifth and Sixth Districts was shot dead when he fired at lawmen while trying to evade the serving of search warrant at his residence in Sitio Bugarin Barangay Cal-litang this town.

The suspect, Verson Mamerto, alias “Jong”, tagged as the leader of the Mamerto gun-for-hire group, was the main suspect behind the slaying of a barangay captain of San Quintin town in 2016.  

The search warrant, issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Marvin Jovito Samadan of Branch 70 in Burgos town, for violation of Republic 10591 (illegal possession of firearms and ammunition), was implemented by joint elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch led by P/Lt. Colonel Jackie Candelario, 2nd Provincial Police Mobile Force Company and the Sta. Maria police.

Investigation showed that upon seeing the arrival of the police team, Mamerto tried to elude arrest by running to an adjacent field while firing shots with his hand gun at the pursuing policemen.

The policemen retaliated and hit Mamerto. The wounded suspect was brought to the Asingan Community Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Scene of the Crime Operatives picked up the Colt Caliber 45 pistol with inserted magazine loaded with three bullets where his body was laid wounded.

Seized from the house of Mamerto were one cellphone, one air gun, seven pieces of empty shells for Caliber 45, 16 pieces of empty shells of cal. 9mm and one bullet proof vest. 

Mamerto was also suspected to be engaged in the drug trade and listed among known criminal groups in Pangasinan. (Leonardo Micua)

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