POLICEMEN shot and killed a suspected drug pusher in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan province on Monday night after he allegedly resisted arrest, according to a police report.

The suspect, 30, allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired at law enforcers who raided his house in the village of Graceville shortly after selling illegal drugs to a cop who posed as a buyer, Bulacan police Director Colonel Emma Libunao said.

The man allegedly hid in his toilet while continuing to fire his handgun, she said.

“The operatives tried to negotiate with the suspect to surrender peacefully, but he continued to shoot at the law enforcers,” Ms. Libunao said.

Police shot back, killing the suspect on the spot, she added.

Police recovered a .38 caliber revolver and eight sachets of an undetermined quantity of crystal meth or shabu in his possession.

Police also took into custody two of the suspect’s female cohorts, who are facing drug trafficking charges.

Meanwhile, police arrested three suspected drug pushers in Quezon City on Monday night and seized 20 grams of shabu worth P136,000.

Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Quezon City Police District arrested the suspects during a raid in the village of Bahay Toro.

The suspects sold illegal drugs to a policeman who posed as a buyer for P9,500, Quezon City police Director Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo said.

The suspects, who are facing drug trafficking charges, were among 17 people arrested for drug-related offenses in the city on Monday, according to police. — Emmanuel Tupas, Philippine Star