Fisherman in Kedah killed after shootout with cops

ALOR SETAR - Police shot dead a 34-year-old fisherman after a car chase and shootout early in the morning at Jalan Taman Rakyat here.

A Smith & Wesson revolver with three live bullets, three bullet casings, a hand-grenade and drugs such as syabu, ecstasy and Eramin 5 pills were found in the car driven by the suspect.

Deputy Kedah police chief Deputy Commissioner Police Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan said members of the Bukit Aman Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Staffoc) and Kedah police serious crime division (D7), who were carrying out crime prevention patrol in the area, spotted the driver of a car behaving suspiciously at the junction of the traffic lights in front of a bank at Taman Rakyat Mergong.

"The police ordered the man to stop his car for inspection but he sped off. When the car reached the mosque at Taman Rakyat Mergong, the suspect fired several shots at one of the police cars. We had to return fire in defence," DCP Abdul Jalil told reporters yesterday.

Also present was Kedah CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Po­­lice (SAC) Mohd Nashir Ya.

DCP Abdul Jalil said the man had lost control of the car and rammed into a tree in the 4.10am incident yesterday.

"He was believed to have died on the spot. Police found no identification documents on him. He is believed to be a Malaysian," he added.

He also said the hand grenade, which was inside the suspect's car, was found to be still active.

"We will investigate how he obtained the hand grenade and whether the car he was using was a stolen vehicle," he said.

It is believed that the suspect, who is married, was from Kuala Perlis, Perlis.

DCP Abdul Jalil said no police personnel was injured although the man had rammed his car into police vehicles.