Malaysian cops held over fatal shooting of debt collector

GEORGE TOWN - Two policemen have been detained in connection with the shooting of a 38-year-old debt collector at an entertainment outlet in Auto City, Bukit Mertajam.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said a lance corporal in his early 30s and a 55-year-old sergeant were detained following a tip-off.

"We confiscated the corporal's pistol at a house in Kulim.

"We also picked up a 34-year old woman who was with him at the entertainment outlet to assist in our investigations.

"A 9mm Luger bullet casing and a live bullet of the same kind were recovered from the scene," SDCP Abdul Rahim said.

He said the 55-year-old sergeant, who was attached to the Johor police contingent, was here for the Hari Raya Haji holiday.

The three suspects will be produced at the Bukit Mertajam court for a remand order today.

Police have also obtained CCTV footages of the incident.

It is understood that the victim was shot in the abdomen following a misunderstanding with a policeman at the outlet at around 2.30am yesterday.

He succumbed to his injuries at the Seberang Jaya Hospital here later.

SDCP Abdul Rahim said police were still ascertaining the motive of the attack.