Caloocan prosecutor survives ambush

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2019 05:53 AM

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Courtesy of Barangay 108, Caloocan City

MANILA—A Caloocan City prosecutor escaped unscathed from an ambush outside a restaurant in B. Serrano St. corner 9th Ave., Caloocan City Tuesday afternoon.

Elmer Susano of the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court had just left a restaurant and went inside his pickup truck when 3 motorcycle-riding men shot him at close range at 2:45 p.m.

He managed to hit one of the motorcycles while reversing his truck, security footage showed.

The assailants, all wearing helmets, chased Susano but eventually withdrew. The prosecutor managed to flee to safety and report the incident to police.

Caloocan City police chief Noel Flores said Susano received death threats before the incident.

"We are looking into the cases handled by Susano as possible motive behind the ambush," he said.

Flores said the assailants may have used short firearms. Recovered from the crime scene were more than 10 empty shells of still unknown caliber of firearms.

In May 2017, Caloocan City assistant prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon was shot dead outside his house in Barangay 63, Caloocan City.—With report from Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News