After a fireworks smuggler tried to escape, a policeman was left with no choice but to open fire at a car driven by the suspect in an incident that happened in Kampung Peringat, yesterday (5 May).
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Around 7.05 am, a police patrol car noticed a Honda Accord car being driven suspiciously in Pasir Mas Town according to Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat. The driver was aware of the policeman’s presence which made him accelerate and escape toward Lemal.
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“At the same time, another patrol vehicle from the Pasir Mas district police headquarters arrived at the Lemal roundabout and join in the chase past the Salor bridge towards Kota Bharu.
“The suspect’s car then moved towards Jalan Aur Duri, Ketereh, and eventually reached a dead-end at a village area at Peringat,” Shafien said in a statement yesterday.
The policeman then stepped out of his patrol car and approached the suspect’s vehicle from the side, ordering the latter to come out. Unfortunately, the suspect refused to comply and instead tried to ram the policeman, forcing the latter to open fire to stop the car.
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“The suspect then acted aggressively by turning the vehicle and managed to escape. Another patrol car tried to track the suspect but failed until reaching Kampung Seterpa where villagers informed them that the suspect’s car had entered the Kuin cemetary area in Peringat.
“As soon as the police arrived at the location, they found the car abandoned by the side of the road with the door ajar, and the suspect is believed to have escaped,” he said.
Upon further inspections, boxes of various fireworks were found at the back seat and the boot of the car. It was later found that the car was not reported lost and police are on a hunt to search for the suspect.
The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code, Section 39 of the Firearms Act 1960 and Section 8 of the Explosives Act 1957.
The whole incident sounds like a scene from the Fast and Furious movies! On a serious note, the smuggler should've just complied. However, the suspect seems to be the aggressive type. Hopefully the police will find him soon as he sounds quite dangerous. We wouldn't know if he is linked to other crimes.
Credits to Malay Mail for the initial coverage.