Anti-drug cop shot dead in Cebu City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — A police officer was killed on duty during an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City, authorities reported Thursday.

The Philippine National Police identified the victim as Police Senior Master Sergeant Maximo Macua, Jr. – a member of the Drug Enforcement Group–Special Operations Unit 5.

Macua was fatally shot by suspects who fired at policemen during the raid on Tuesday in Barangay Mambaling, the PNP said in a news release. 

The buy bust targeted a man named Franco Obeso and his cohorts, it added.

Obeso managed to escape and was later arrested in a hot pursuit operation where he fired back at the authorities. Police said he was brought to the hospital for treatment and is now under the custody of the Cebu City Police Office.

The PNP assured the family of Macua that they will receive all benefits accorded to policemen killed in the line of duty.