A former Ormoc City Drug Enforcement Unit chief and now assigned at the Eastern Visayas police regional office in Palo, Leyte was ambushed on Tuesday.
Unidentified gunmen shot Police Senior Inspector Joseph Joevil Young at about 7:10 am in front of his residence at Barangay Buri of the town while he was about to leave for work with his two children on board his silver Toyota Vios.
Initial investigation disclosed the suspects, wearing brown cover-all, faces masked, and bull cap, armed with automatic rifle, were from a color gray Toyota Fortuner and shot the victim.
Young, 39, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was brought to Divine Word Hospital in Tacloban City, about 11 kilometers away.
The two children, however, were safe.
Chief Inspector Joemen Collado, chief of Palo municipal police station, said they were investigating the incident.
Police recovered some 36 empty bullet shells in the area.