COP GUNNED DOWN IN KORONADAL CITY
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- A police officer was shot dead by suspected hired killers while conducting surveillance in a Koronadal City village Wednesday night.
Senior Supt. Joel Limson, South Cotabato police director, on Thursday said Police Officer (PO) 1 Diamond Mateo Muega, 34, was verifying the presence of a wanted person in Barangay General Paulino Santos when he was gunned past 10 p.m.
Limson said the victim, a warrant officer of the Koronadal City police station, was tasked to monitor the area for the serving of an arrest warrant against an unnamed suspect.
Citing accounts from witnesses, the police official said the policeman was roving in the area when shot several times by four suspects, who were riding-in-tandem on two motorcycles.
The suspects, who were believed to be guns-for-hire, then hastily left the scene towards an undetermined direction, he said.
He said responding residents brought Muega, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, to a nearby hospital but was declared dead upon arrival by attending doctors.
Limson said investigators are pursuing a number of leads, including work-related circumstances, as a possible motive.
He said the victim could have earned the ire of some wanted persons for his involvement in the serving of arrest warrants and court summons.
The incident could also be in retaliation to the continuing intensified police operations against local drug syndicates and other crime groups.
“This is still under investigation but we already have some good leads and potential persons of interest,” he said in a radio interview.
“Our investigators are confident that this case will be resolved soon,” he added. (PNA)