No need to panic over recent shootout in Miri, says CP

Azman (second from left) presents a token of appreciation to the injured William.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 23: Sarawak’s top cop Datuk Azman Yusof has assured that the recent gun battle with three armed robbers in Taman Jelita, here, which injured a mobile police vehicle (MPV) personnel, had nothing to do with gangs.

“The incident was more towards a ‘local crime incident’. Nothing to do with any thugs, gangs, so the public has no need to feel panic,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference at Miri police headquarters today, he said his men had identified the suspects and considered the case solved.

“We have step up efforts to track him down (third suspect),” he said.

On the injured Corporal William Bell Jol, Azman said he would be rewarded accordingly.

“Both William and his on-duty partner, Constable Mohd Roni Abd Manap, 26, with no thought for their own safety that afternoon, rushed to the scene to save the victims. You can’t imagine what they had gone through at that moment (during the shootout), ” he said.

On the source of the guns recovered, Azman said they were still investigating.

In the May 16 incident, William, 54, was wounded on his left arm, while a robber suffered a leg injury.

The 1pm episode unfolded at Jalan Pahlawan 3, Taman Jelita, when three masked men armed with semi-automatic guns (of which two have been discovered and identified as a Steyr and a Walther PPK made in West Germany) rammed the gate of a house using the vehicle they were in purportedly with the intention of robbing the occupants.

Thirty minutes later, William and Mohd Roni arrived at the scene when the alarm was raised about an intrusion. A shootout followed.

The Walther PPK that was allegedly used by the second suspect was found on May 19 inside a drain less than 50m from the shooting scene. — DayakDaily