TAIPING - A TRIGGER-HAPPY criminal, high on police wanted list, was killed in a shoot-out at Taman Koperasi, Teluk Intan on Thursday.
S. Sasikumar, 31, sought in connection with several shooting and theft cases in Kampar, died on the spot in the 5pm incident. Investigations revealed he was a member of the notorious "04 Gang".
Perak police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said policemen on their Op Cantas Khas rounds in Kampung Banjar, Teluk Intan spotted the suspect behaving suspiciously in a white Perodua MyVi.
He said the team tried to stop the car, but the suspect sped off to a nearby housing estate.
When they reached Taman Koperasi, the suspect's car skidded.
"As our team approached the car, the suspect came out and fired several shots at them, forcing them to return fire and killing the man instantly," he said, adding that a post-mortem would be carried out at Teluk Intan Hospital.
Acryl Sani said they found a silver-coloured Norinco pistol, several bullets and a packet of ganja on the suspect. The bullets were sent for ballistic testing.
He said the suspect was part of a three-man gang who acted on their own.
One member was already detained, while the other was found shot dead in Kerian district recently.
"The suspect was categorised as trigger-happy, as he would not hesitate to open fire on his victims under any circumstance," he added.