KOTA KINABALU - A police lance corporal is believed to have shot his would-be wife's uncle before taking his own life in Sabah's east coast Sandakan town.
The 28-year-old L/Kpl Salleh Maudidi, who is with the General Operations Force in Sandakan, was found with a single gunshot wound to his head.
The body of his wife's uncle, watchman Ibni Hashim, 66, with three bullet wounds was found several metres away from L/Kpl Salleh's body at the entrance to the construction site at North Road at 11.30am yesterday.
The police recovered a pistol close to the L/Kpl Salleh's body and initial investigations indicated that Salleh was to marry Ibni's niece within the month.
The bodies were sent to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for a post-mortem.
It is understood that Ibni allegedly slapped L/Kpl Salleh during a discussion about the marriage a few days earlier to the incident.
L/Kpl Salleh, who was working with the logistics unit of the GOF battalion in Sandakan, is believed to have stopped at the construction site where Ibni was working.
However, construction workers claimed that they only heard gunshots but did not see the shooting.
A police investigating team led by Sandakan district CID officer Deputy Supt Sabaruddin Rahmat, who was at the scene, declined to comment.
The case is being investigated as murder and suicide.