KOTA KINABALU - Security forces shot dead a suspected intruder on a speedboat in waters off Pulau Bangau-Bangau in Semporna, early Sunday.
The man, whose identity has yet to be confirmed, was shot four times after he fired at policemen pursuing him in the 2.15am incident.
Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said security forces had approached the suspect's speedboat to investigate as no one was supposed to be in the area during curfew hours.
"However, the suspect sped off when he saw the police vessel approaching and fired at them when he was chased," Abdul Rashid said.
He said police found a .38 revolver with bullets as well as a mobile phone on the suspect.
"However, no documents were found on him," he added.
Nine people, including two women, have been detained to facilitate investigations.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman commended the swiftness and efficiency of security forces in handling the threat, and urged local communities to continue giving their cooperation in safeguarding the east coast.
"Thanks to the efficiency of our security forces on duty during the incident, we are able to solve the issue and prevent something more serious from happening," he said after attending the Deepavali open house at the Likas Sports Complex here.
"The situation in Semporna is already under control and there's no need for people to panic," he added.