Sonny T. Mallari

Two drug suspects were wounded in a buy-bust operation that ended in an alleged armed encounter in Imus City, Cavite on Thursday night.

The Cavite police public information office reported that a local drug enforcement unit conducted a drug sting operation in Barangay Malagasang 2-D at 11 p.m.

Report said one of the targets, Riuz Alpeler, 57, sensed that he and his younger brother, Aladin, 56, were dealing with an undercover cop during the transaction.

Riuz drew his caliber .38 revolver, and shot at the anti-illegal drugs operatives but missed his targets.

The police returned fire and hit Riuz on his left shoulder. The bullet exited and consequently hit the right eye of Aladin.

The wounded suspects were rushed to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

The police seized Riuz handgun loaded with four empty bullet shells and one live bullet.

Authorities also recovered four plastic sachets of shabu (crystal meth). The report did not state the total volume and street value of the confiscated illegal drugs from the suspects.

The report tagged the Alpeler brothers as identified drug pushers in the city.

Police are preparing criminal complaints against the suspects for violations of Section 5 & Section 11 Article 2 of the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002”.

Riuz will also face cases for illegal possession of a firearm and attempted homicide.