ILOCOS NORTE – Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and killed a former police officer and wounded his companion along the national highway of Barangay 16, San Marcos, in San Nicolas Tuesday evening.
Retired SPO2 Warlito Maruquin died after sustaining multiple gunshots wounds. His fellow retired cop, SPO2 Abdon Laureta, was able to escape and brought himself to a nearby hospital.
Both worked as security officers of Mayor Alex Calucag of Solsona, Ilocos Norte.
Police revealed that Maruquin was driving his car together with Laureta when the gunmen tailed them and shot them several times.
“Galing ang mga biktima sa bayan ng Solsona. Sinundan sila pauwi at nung nakakita na ang mga gunmen ng pagkakataon na wala ng masyadong sasakyan at tao, dito nila isinagawa,” PO2 Gerome Ruiz said.
Recovered from the crime scene are empty shells of caliber .45 and M16 rifle.
Scene of the Crime Operatives also recovered inside the victim’s car 3 caliber .45, bullets and 8 plastic sachets allegedly containing shabu.
“Si Maruquin ang sa tingin naming puntirya ng mga gunmen,” Ruiz said.
Authorities said Maruquin was also involved in two shooting incidents in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.