KUALA LUMPUR - A 76-year-old man shot dead his son, mistaking him in the dark for an intruder who was trying to rob their Myanmar worker at their Kampung Baru Balakong house in Serdang.
Relatives earlier said that 51-year-old Chong Kuan Fatt had been killed by robbers, but police have since confirmed that his father fired the fatal shot.
Both the father and son rushed out of the house upon hearing cries for help from their worker on Wednesday night.The older man had a pump gun while Kuan Fatt followed him armed with a parang, said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab.
"Kuan Fatt overtook his father in his hurry to help the worker who lived in a hut behind the house. It was dark, and the father in his confusion fired three shots.
"One of the shots hit Kuan Fatt in the head," ACP Abdul Rashid said at the Kajang police station yesterday.
As it happened, the robber had already fled by the time the two came out of the house.
The worker sustained minor injuries. Kuan Fatt is understood to have died on the spot.
His body was sent to the Serdang Hospital and was reclaimed by his family yesterday morning after a post-mortem.
The father was brought to the Kajang police station but was later released on police bail.
"For now, we are investigating the case under 302 for murder.
However, we are still interviewing witnesses and will submit all evidence to the Attorney-General," a police source said.
It is learnt that Kuan Fatt's father has been licensed to carry a gun since 1967.
The father is believed to use the gun to keep wild animals off his orchard.
Kuan Fatt, who was a pork seller in Kepong, lived with his father and mother and a 12-year-old son, who was on a school holiday trip in Johor Baru.
His wife died of an illness two years ago.
Since the incident, relatives have been trying to comfort Kuan Fatt's mother, who is struggling to accept the death of her son.