KAJANG - The leader of a house break-in gang, dubbed "Gang Sasi", has been shot dead and an accomplice detained.
The gang specialises in house break-ins and stealing luxury cars in Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johor.
An Ops Cantas Khas team from Serdang managed to track down the suspects who were in a white Honda Odyssey at about 5.15pm on Wednesday.
The policemen tailed the suspects until Jalan Reko when the suspects drove the vehicle into a carwash.
Policemen blocked the suspects' vehicle from the back while another team blocked the front exit.
Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abd Rahim Jaafar said policemen identified themselves and ordered the suspects to exit the car.
"The gang leader came out from the car briefly before dashing back inside and reversing into a police car three times. He was seen trying to reach for something in the car, forcing police personnel to fire three shots that killed him on the spot," he said yesterday.
DCP Abd Rahim said the police managed to detain the accomplice, who was in the front passenger seat.
"We seized a fake Glock pistol with a magazine of bullets. We also seized three machetes, a baseball bat and a hammer from the vehicle," he said.
The leader has been identified as K. Sasitaran, 29.
"He has multiple police records for house break-ins and stealing luxury cars. We believe the gang is responsible for more than 10 cases in the three states," he said, adding that the suspect's vehicle was reported stolen in Kluang, Johor, on Tuesday.
In a separate matter, DCP Abdul Rahim said the policeman detained for allegedly raping an Indonesian woman last week has been released on police bail.
"The remand for the policeman who is attached to the Kajang police has expired. We have submitted investigation papers to the Attorney-General's Chambers and are waiting for a decision," he said.