2 wounded cops get medals after killing drug suspect in cockpit

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2016 04:11 PM

IPPO OIC S/Supt. Roderick Alba visits PO1 Jan Vicente in the hospital. Vicente was one of two policemen wounded in action in a cockpit arena in Ajuy, Iloilo Wednesday night. Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

ILOILO - Two policemen were wounded in action while one perished after neutralizing an armed man in a cockpit arena in Ajuy, Iloilo Wednesday night.

Based on the police investigation, a man identified as Arman Edem was at the cockpit and was pointing the .45-caliber pistol he was carrying.

PO3 Kenneth Torreres of Ajuy Municipal Police Station attempted to approach and pacify him but Edem shot him, the report says. 

PO2 Ryan Alfin and PO1 Jan "Brave" Vicente were also shot by the suspect, but despite the hit he took, PO1 Vicente managed to neutralize Edem. 

Torreres died. Vicente and Alfin were brought to the hospital and underwent operations.

Investigation on the case is still ongoing, and authorities are finding out why the suspect was able to enter the cockpit armed. 

Edem was "classified as a pusher/user of illegal drugs who was included in the Drug watch list of Ajuy Municipal Police Station and surrendered to the said MPS last July 6, 2016," according to the police report.

Iloilo Police Provincial Office Officer-in-Charge S/Supt. Roderick Alba said, if Vicente had not neutralized the suspect, the collateral damage could have been worse since the area was open and there were a lot of people when the incident happened. 

Police Regional Office 6 Director C/Supt. Jose Gentiles awarded Alfin and Vicente with the PNP Wounded Medal (Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting) on Thursday.

When he was awarded the medal, PO1 Vicente had just come out of an operation. This was not the first time PO1 Vicente's life was put at risk. 

On August 18, 2016, a subject of a buy-bust operation in Ajuy reportedly resisted arrest and fought authorities. PO1 Vicente was hit in the chest area, but because he was wearing his bullet-proof vest, he was spared.