SHAH ALAM - A notorious gangster and murder suspect was shot dead in a gunfight with the police at a metal factory in Kampung Baru Hicom after a high-speed chase here.
The 37-year-old man, identified as A. Viswanathan, was believed to be a member of Gang 18, a notorious triad known for organised crime, including ruthless drug activities in the country.
The former Emergency Ordinance detainee, known as Elumba by his peers, had 13 records involving several murders. He was also wanted for two drug cases.
During the 8am incident yesterday, a team of policemen in three vehicles were combing an area near a primary school in an Ops Cantas operation when they came across Viswanathan, who was acting suspiciously in a silver Toyota Camry.
When they tried to approach him, he rammed into two of the police vehicles and fired several shots.
In a bid to escape the police, Viswanathan sped off, entering Konsortium Expressway Shah Alam Selangor (Kesas) at the Hicom junction and leading authorities on a 2km chase.
Thinking that he had lost the policemen at one point, the suspect headed towards a metal factory, where another man drove off with his vehicle.
The 25-year-old man, who had two past convictions, was later stopped and arrested by the police.
At the factory, another police team moved in and ordered Viswanathan to surrender.
Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Adnan Abdullah said the suspect refused and began shooting at the police again, prompting the authorities to open fire.
"He was killed instantly. Checks by us found he had used a pistol believed to be a .38 Smith and a Wesson Revolver.
"We recovered the weapon, three slugs and a live bullet," said SAC Mohd Adnan.
He added that Viswanathan, who was also on the police's wanted list, had been in hiding.
The body was sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital for a post-mortem.
Another man, 43, was also detained at the factory for trying to drive off in a black Honda Civic during the shootout.
Viswanathan's neighbour, who declined to be named, said no one had expected him to be involved in illegal activities.
"He looked like a nice boy but I knew he wasn't from around here," he said.
"He always hung around the area. That's why some of us knew who he was.
"I heard he was from Padang Jawa."