Teener dies in TPLEX armed confrontation

Police crime scene

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – An armed confrontation transpired along TPLEX access road in Brgy Acop, Rosales, Pangasinan earlier this morning 3:10 AM, August 17, 2018,  resulting in the death of the suspect identified as Joshua Laxamana, 18 years old and resident of Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City, Tarlac.

PCInsp Jason L Corpuz, Chief of Police, Rosales Police Station stated that the confrontation started when the suspect fled from an OPLAN SITA checkpoint in Brgy Poblacion, Balungao, Pangasinan.

According to the report, the suspect sped off upon noticing the established checkpoint, going towards the direction of Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija. The police officers chased the suspect and upon reaching the TPLEX access road, the suspect lost control of his motorcycle and slid on the shoulder of the access road, after which the suspect allegedly started firing against the pursuing policemen prompting them to retaliate.

The SOCO Team from PNP Crime Laboratory Office Urdaneta City recovered the following from the crime scene: one Colt .45 caliber pistol without serial number with inserted magazine loaded with two live ammunitions; three fired cartridge cases of alleged .45 caliber;  five fired cartridge cases of presumed 9mm caliber; one fired bullet .45 caliber; one fired bullet 9mm caliber; one heat sealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected “shabu”; one motorcycle  color gray with no plate number used by the suspect; and a backpack containing personal belongings of the suspect.

The police report alleges that Laxamana was involved in four robbery cases (akyat bahay) in the province of Pangasinan.

PCSupt Romulo E Sapitula, PRO1 Regional Director ordered the Chief of Provincial Crime Laboratory Office to conduct ballistics examination and cross matching of the firearm used by the suspect and identify possible linkages to other crimes committed in the region. He also instructed the conduct of follow up investigation on the identification of motorcycle used by Laxamana through the Land Transportation Office. (TNM/PNP PRO1 PIO)