Suspected armed robber shot dead near Templer Park

KUALA LUMPUR: An unidentified gunman was shot dead by police in a shootout near Persiaran Bukit Takun, near Templer Park.

The man, a suspected robber, had been spotted around 2.50am on Wednesday by a team of Bukit Aman's Special Task Force on Organised Crime (Staffoc) about 2km away from the shootout scene near Commonwealth Forest Park.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said the team, along with Criminal Investigation Department from Selangor and Gombak have been patrolling the area since July following a spate of robberies and house break ins.

"The team had spotted the gunman with an accomplice in a car acting suspiciously and checked their car license plate number, which turn out to be fake.

" So they approached the two men to detain them but the two suspects sped off," he said at a press conference at Gombak Police headquarters on Wednesday.

A high speed car chase ensued until the car driven by the gunman's accomplice crashed.

ACP Ali said that when the team surrounded the vehicle and asked the men to surrender, shots were fired at them from the passenger side of the car.

"They had to return fire to defend themselves.

" After that, one of the suspects emerged from the car and collapsed," he said while adding the driver had managed to flee.

Police found a semi automatic pistol with four live bullets on the dead gunman along with masks, gloves, a machete, a boltcutter and a screwdriver in the car.

"However there is no identification on the body so we are still trying to determine his nationality and identity," he said.

The man is believed to be in his late thirties. ACP Ali said police are still on the look out for others who could be part of the robbery gang.