Policeman killed, 3 others wounded in a shootout at a Sultan Kudarat checkpoint

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — A policeman was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting incident at a checkpoint in Sultan Kudarat on Monday.

According to a report from the Esperanza Municipal Police Station, Police Executive Master Sergeant Arnold Paclibar was killed in the shootout.

Those injured were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Chato Maycong; Josephine Danggan, a barangay health worker; and Arnel Saldo, a tanod in Barangay Poblacion.

The two policemen are based at the Esperanza Municipal Police Station.

The victims were conducting a quarantine checkpoint in the area when they asked the passengers of two motorcycles to present documents. The officials, however, reportedly found out that the documents did not match the motorcycles.

Police said a passenger of one of the motorcycles pulled out a gun and shot at Paclibar. Maycong reportedly fired back but he was shot at as well.

The suspects quickly fled the scene, while the victims were rushed to the hospital, where Paclibar was declared dead on arrival, the police report said.

An investigation into the incident is underway.

Stringer Dennis Arcon contributed to this report.