IPOH - Four armed robbers, who had just robbed a goldsmith of RM1.8mil in front of the Mydin Mall in Meru Raya, were caught in a shootout with the police which killed three of them.
Another robber managed to escape on foot during the shootout at a road junction 3km away from the Kedai Emas Sri Ayu, which they robbed at 10.55am yesterday.
In Kepala Batas, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the four men were involved in at least three robbery cases.
He confirmed that the robbers were gang members but declined to comment further as investigations were still pending.
Perak police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said an Ops Cantas Khas team tracked down the robbers' getaway car, a silver Proton Waja, at a nearby roundabout before a high speed chase ensued shortly after the robbery.
"The suspects opened fire and a bullet hit the bumper of the police vehicle. Subsequently, at a traffic light junction, the driver lost control of the getaway car and it skidded.
"The suspects got out and immediately started shooting at the police," he told reporters.