Cop gunned down near Tacloban hospital

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2018 01:14 PM | Updated as of Dec 23 2018 05:27 PM

Authorities cordon off the crime scene where a police officer was shot dead. ABS-CBN News

TACLOBAN, Leyte -- (UPDATED) A police officer on his way home from his shift was shot dead here on Sunday morning, 2 days before Christmas. 

The victim, PO2 Laurence Tabungar, was on board his van when assailants in a red pick-up truck fired at him in front of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Barangay Bagacay, investigators said. 

Tabungar's van plowed through several stalls and vehicles along the highway, leaving a male motorcycle rider and a woman with minor injuries, police said. 

The officer did not receive any prior death threat, but his killing may have been related to his past police operations, said his brother, Peter Tabungar. 

There was no immediate police information on the possible motive in the attack. -- Report from ‎Ranulfo Docdocan‎, ABS-CBN News