PETALING JAYA - An unidentified African man, believed to be a Nigerian student, died in his attempt to escape police through a window of his apartment unit on the sixth floor in Flora Damansara on Friday.
District police chief Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said the body was found sprawled on the ground floor of block H.
"Prior to the discovery, we received a report from one of the residents there of a noise coming from the deceased's rented unit.
"Several personnel were despatched to inspect the place at about 1pm. We found that the door was open but the grille was locked.
"We had to ask for assistance to break open the grille. When we got in, three African men were found clinging to a window grille in a bid to escape us. Two of them got away but one fell flat to the ground," he said.
It is learnt that the three were in the midst of negotiating of a deal involving drugs.
"We are in the midst of identifying the deceased and his two friends," ACP Arjunaidi said.
Police found two student cards and a passport believed to belong to those who fled the premise.
The victim's neighbour Fikir Ramelin, 23, said three police officers came to his door around noon, asking him to check whether the men had escaped from their apartment.
"I looked out from my balcony and saw a body sprawled on the ground while two men were climbing down from my veranda.
"One of them jumped from the third floor and ran into the jungle while limping," he told reporters.
The clerk added that the other man ran in the other direction after successfully climbing down to the ground floor.
Mohd Iswandi Wahab, 33, said the left rear end of his car was struck by the victim's body as it fell from the sixth floor.
"I was shocked to see the body lying behind my car.
"I was advised to lodge a police report before claiming insurance," said the account development manager.
A friend of the victim, who declined to be named, said police were patrolling the apartment blocks from 11.30 pm Thursday until 2.30am on Friday.
He said the victim and his housemates were from Nigeria and were attending a nearby private college.
"He was like a brother to me," he said of the deceased. The body has been taken to Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem.
The case has been classified as sudden death.