ALOR SETAR – A police corporal was arrested for opening fire and killing a man in Kampung Guar Nenas, Gurun, yesterday.
Kedah CID chief ACP Mohd Nashir Ya said in the incident at 1 pm, the Gurun Police Station received a report of a man lying in a bloodstained shirt in a quarry area in Kampung Guar Nenas.
“It was confirmed that a man with no identity card was lying with bloodstain on his shirt and signs of gunshots. There was an overturned motorcycle beside the victim,” he told in a press conference, here today.
Mohd Nashir said the victim, who was unemployed and aged in his 30’s, was sent to the Sungai Petani Hospital and was confirmed dead with gunshot wounds on his body.
After interrogation, the police corporal aged in his 30’s admitted that he shot the victim as a warning for the victim to stop his motorcycle, he said.
The suspect said a day before the incident, he had lost his motorcycle at the Gurun Rest and Service Area (R&R) and subsequently, he met a shaman (bomoh) to find out who had stolen his motorcycle, Mohd Nashir said.
“The shaman had told the suspect that he could find the person who stole it at an old factory in Guar Nenas area.
“Then, at 11.15 am the suspect drove a car with his wife and mother-in-law and left them at the roadside while he went to search for his motorcycle at the old factory,” he said.
Moments later, the suspect’s wife called him to say there was a man riding a Honda Ex5 in a suspicious manner trying to approach them (his wife and mother-in-law), Mohd Nashir said.
According to the wife, there was a machete, a set of walkie-talkie and a pink phone in the motorcycle basket.
Mohd Nashir said the suspect, who had served more than 10 years in the police force, was worried about his family’s safety and ran back to the car where he saw the victim trying to flee.
“However, the suspect managed to grab the victim’s shirt but the victim succeeded to run towards the main road in Kg. Guar Nenas.
“When the victim tried to speed off with the motorcycle, the suspect took out a pistol and fired a shot at the victim but the victim fled the scene,” he said.
Mohd Nashir said the suspect then went back to his office and handed over his pistol, the same pistol that shot the victim.
However, Mohd Nashir said the victim had nothing to do with the lost motorcycle, the suspect would be remanded beginning today, the police had detained him at 7 pm in Sungai Petani yesterday.
The case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, Mohd Nashir said. – BERNAMA