Man sustains two gunshot wounds trying to escape from police in Selangau, arrested in Betong

Dato Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri

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KUCHING, June 6: A male suspect who was shot by the police in Selangau and sustained two gunshots on Sunday (June 4) while attempting to escape from a police roadblock was arrested in Betong.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Dato’ Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the suspect was arrested along with a woman while seeking treatment at Betong Hospital at around 1pm.

He said that the two suspects were among the individuals who were being hunted and believed to be involved in vehicle theft and attempted murder.

“The police team from the Betong Criminal Investigation Division managed to arrest a 38-year-old local male suspect who was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds to the right arm and waist along with another 34-year-old female suspect.

“A check found that the male suspect has eight criminal records for vehicle theft and one record each for obstructing a public servant and attempted murder,” he said in a statement yesterday.

During the incident, the suspect and his accomplices were riding in two separate vehicles, namely a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Fortuner. They were stopped by the police for inspection at Jalan Sibu-Bintulu at around 3.40am.

“The two vehicles continued to accelerate at the roadblock, causing the police to fire several shots towards the front and at the tires of the vehicles with the aim of stopping them.

“The two vehicles managed to crash through the roadblock set up by the Selangau Police Station and almost hit the officers on duty,” he said.

The police continued to chase the two vehicles and found that the Toyota Fortuner had crashed with all the suspects escaping in the Toyota Hilux.

“The crashed Toyota Fortuner vehicle has been confiscated and was confirmed to be a missing vehicle stolen at Pasar Baru Tatau, Sarawak,” he said.

The investigation is conducted under Section 379A of the Penal Code for vehicle theft and Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempting murder.

“The police calls on the public who have any information related to the above case to come forward and channel the information to the Case Investigating Officer, Insp Mohd Hafez Bin A. Razak on 012-9677525.

“People are also advised not to make any unfounded speculations,” he said.

A detailed investigation will be conducted from various angles and the results of the investigation will be forwarded to the Deputy Public Prosecutor. — DayakDaily