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Man with 16 criminal records killed in shootout with cops


Penang police chief Khaw Kok Chin said the suspect pointed his gun at the police team, who returned fire in self defence. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: A 44-year-old man with 16 criminal records was killed in a shootout with the police who tried to apprehend him in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, early this morning.

Penang police chief Khaw Kok Chin said the suspect was spotted driving suspiciously towards Sungai Lembu by policemen from the state’s serious crimes division (D9), Berita Harian reported.

The policemen ordered the man to stop, but he sped off and fired several shots at the police car pursuing him.

“The policemen opened fire at the suspect’s vehicle, but he continued to drive off until it skidded off the road after a 200m chase,” Khaw was quoted as saying.

The man got out of his car and aimed his pistol at the policemen, who opened fire in self defence and killed him, he said.

Khaw said an initial check revealed that the vehicle, a Proton X70, had false number plates.

He said the suspect was linked to two recent robberies at a fortune-telling shop and a convenience store in North Seberang Perai.

“The investigation found that he had carried out these robberies alone, using a pistol, before fleeing with valuable items,” he said.

Khaw also said the suspect was believed to be involved in 16 earlier offences, including four robbery cases, drugs-related offences, weapon violations, and possession of corrosive substances.

He had also faced legal action under the Emergency Ordinance.

“According to the records, the suspect had a history of committing robberies in Penang, Melaka and Kuala Lumpur,” he said, adding that the police were checking to find out if he had been active in Kedah and Perak as well. - FMT

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