KOTA KINABALU - Two men who attacked policemen and a civilian in two separate incidents in the east coast Sabah town of Semporna have been shot.
In the first incident, a team of six policemen on patrol came across a man clad in a pink blanket walking around in a housing area near the town centre at about 3.15am yesterday.
When policemen approached him, the man whipped out a 15cm-long knife and attempted to attack them.
A policeman immediately fired a shot and the bullet hit the 27-year-old man in the right shoulder.
He was immediately rushed to the district hospital for treatment.
A check showed that the man had been convicted of various crimes previously, including drug offences.
In the second incident about three hours later, another police team on patrol also in the town area spotted a man acting suspiciously.
Upon approaching him, the 29-year-old man fled and two bystanders helped the police team chase the man.
After a short chase, the man suddenly turned around and attempted to attack one of the bystanders, prompting a policeman to fire two shots.
The shots hit the man in the right and left calves. He was immediately rushed to the district hospital.
Found on the man was a plastic bag containing three handphones as well as Malaysian, Indonesian, Bruneian and Saudi Arabian currencies believed to have been stolen.
Semporna district police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah confirmed both incidents.