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Cop ambushes cops

Paula Antolin

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Two policemen sustained gunshot wounds while their alleged assailant, also a cop identified as P/SSG. Marvin Balucas, died following a gunplay near the entrance of Riverbank Mall in Marikina City on Friday.

Probers identified the two wounded policemen as P/EMS Demetrio Magpali and P/SSG Edward Yap, who were taken to an undisclosed hospital after the incident that sent panicked people scampering to safety.

A spot police report said Magpali and Yap were turning left into the mall from A. Bonifacio Avenue, aboard their motorcycles, when Balucas fired at them in an apparent ambush.

Magpali was hit on the left leg while Yap, detailed at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Camp Crame, Quezon City sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body.

The police are looking at several angles and motives, including an old grudge or job-related reasons, for the shootout.

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