Cop in gun running killed in police opn

By Rhaydz B. Barcia


Corporal Joel Tualla, an active policeman assigned in Polangui police station who was involved in gun running activity was killed in an entrapment operation set by members of Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) Southern Luzon Bravo and Daraga police operatives in Daraga, Albay on May 7, 2021.


Lt. Col. Ronnie M. Fabia, Daraga police chief, said that Tualla was an active cop assigned in Polangui, Albay, aside from gun running was also involved in illegal drug trade.


“Police Corporal Tualla is in active duty involved in illegal gun selling and illegal drugs trade. He was assigned in Polangui police station, unfortunately he was involved in gun selling and illegal drug activities,” Fabias said.


Tualla’s illegal activities were uncovered by his fellow cops. He was a resident of Barangay Busak, Libmanan, Camarines Sur.


Police report said that at about 11:05 AM on May 7, 2021, joint operatives led by Lt. Col. Wilfredo V. Sy along with operatives of PNP IMEG Southern Luzon Bravo, Daraga and Albay Police provincial office personnel conducted a joint entrapment operation of illegal firearms against Police Tualla at the agreed transaction site along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Bañag, Daraga, Albay.


According to the police report, the suspect arrived at the meeting place and showed to the poseur buyer a cal. 9mm, KG9 sub-machine gun and .45 caliber pistol inside his brown body bag.


The poseur buyer in turn handed over the payment to the suspect using one piece of genuine P1,000 marked money together with boodle money worth P44,000.


Immediately after the poseur buyer made the pre-arranged signal, the police operatives rushed to the scene to effect the arrest. Tualla reportedly drew his gun and fired on the policemen.


The policemen fired back killing Tualla who suffered gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.


Lt. Nestor D. Callos, Jr., a member of the arresting team was hit at the back portion of his bullet proof vest by the shot fired by the suspect. Luckily, he only sustained a hematoma.


The police operatives immediately requested an ambulance and rescue team from Daraga Rural Health Unit. However, the suspect was already dead when the emergency responders arrived.


Recovered from the suspect were one unit of 9mm pistol, one unit KG-9 with two magazines and ammunition, one unit of caliber 45 pistol with one magazine loaded with ammunition, and the marked money. The 9mm pistol recovered at the scene was a government issued firearm, the police report said.