5 dead, 3 injured in Laguna kidnapping shootout

5 dead, 3 injured in Laguna kidnapping shootout

Crime scene where four suspected kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna.

LAGUNA, Philippines — Four suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Three policemen from Candelaria Police Station were injured while one policewoman, identified as P01 Ma. Zarah Jane Andal, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

A by-stander was also rushed to the hospital after being hit by a stray bullet during the encounter.

According to initial investigation, the suspects were about to conduct a pay-off for their kidnap victim, Ronaldo Arquelles, who was abducted from his residence on Monday night.

The suspects however, sensed the approaching police vehicle and started to open fire; prompting the operatives to fire back.

The kidnap victim is in critical condition. He was found to be included on the drug watch list and is considered a high-value target.

Investigation on the encounter is currently ongoing. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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