Philippine police commandos have killed six bodyguards who worked for a town mayor who had turned himself in over links to the illegal drug trade.
It comes as President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug war shifted from street pedlars to officials.
Close to 400 people have been killed in police operations against illegal drugs since Duterte was sworn in as president on June 30.
Media and rights groups have put the figure almost twice as high at 770, including more than 200 killed by vigilante groups.
The number of drug-related killings has alarmed human rights groups, who have called on the United Nations to condemn the rise in extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. The Philippine Senate is to hold a legislative inquiry.
National police spokesman Dionardo Carlos told reporters there had been a gun battle between the police and bodyguards working for Rolando Espinosa after police went to search Espinosa's home on Leyte island in the central Philippines earlier on Wednesday.
Espinosa, mayor of Albuera town, turned himself in to the national police chief on Tuesday after Duterte asked him and his son, Kerwin, to surrender over their involvement in the drug trade, warning they would be killed if they resisted arrest.
Espinosa has publicly denied any part in the drug trade but said his son was peddling "shabu" (methamphetamine), which he gets from a jailed Chinese drug trader.
"The incident this morning was related to the investigation on alleged drug trade by the mayor and his son," Carlos said.
He said six men were killed and six others escaped.
"We have recovered 13 high-powered firearms and five pistols from the scene," he said. Charges would be laid against the mayor for keeping unlicensed guns, Carlos said.
The raid signalled a shift in Duterte's drug war from running after street-level peddlers and users to powerful regional politicians and foreign drug traffickers.