Police leader from Mandaluyong shooting under custody

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Senior Inspector Maria Cristina Vasquez led the nine policemen who fired at a white vehicle carrying a shooting victim on Dec. 28, 2017. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) — The leader of the police team in the Mandaluyong shooting is now under custody.

Senior Inspector Maria Cristina Vasquez reported to the National Capital Region Police Office in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig at 10:45 a.m, according to a Wednesday report from the Eastern Police District (EPD).

She was brought to EPD Director, Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Biay before she was placed under the restrictive custody of Superintendent Enrique Agtarap, Mandaluyong City Police Station officer-in-charge.

Vasquez led the nine policemen who fired at a white vehicle carrying a shooting victim on Dec. 28, 2017. Her team responded to reports from barangay tanod that a gunman fled another shooting incident in Barangay Additional Hills, Mandaluyong.

The ten police officers and two barangay tanod are now under police custody, while another tanod is still at large.

"Continuous efforts are being done to locate and persuade Gilbert Gulpo, the Barangay Watchman who is one of the suspects of the Mandaluyong shooting incident who was gone in hiding after the incident happened, to voluntarily surrender," Biay said in a statement.

The tanod reportedly fired at the van in the first shooting. Under the law, only tanod of the Police Auxiliary Unit are allowed to carry firearms. Others cannot bear firearms.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.