by: Aurell P. Arais
Malaybalay City - One police officer was killed while four others were wounded in a grenade blast allegedly thrown by lone suspect who was a target of police operation due to a rape case early dawn last August 23, this year.
Killed was P02 Roy Francisco while wounded were PO3 Esmeraldo Cahilig, PO3 Joseph Galupo, SPO1 Melchor Hinlo and Police Inspector Crisanto Molina.
Prior to the incident, Malaybalay City PNP received information on the where about of the suspect identified as Moises Brandia of Purok 5,Barangay 9 this city.
Upon serving the warrant of arrest, the suspect hurriedly run away and allegedly throw the grenade towards the arresting officers.
Officer Francisco transpired while on the way to Cagayan de Oro City due to wounds on different parts of the body while the four wounded were admitted at a local hospital.
Also wounded in the blast was the mother of the suspect but out of danger.
As of press time, a hot pursuit operation was conducted against the suspect. (with report from Jhonny Failago)