Three cops shot dead in shootout

Three Policemen were shot dead and another officer injured in a shoot out during a crime prevention raid. The narcotics team approached a house in Petaling Jaya following a drug related tip-off but were fired upon by a group of men.

The Star has the story:


Drug ambush goes awry

By RASHITHA A. HAMID

PETALING JAYA: Three policemen were shot dead while one is in critical condition after a shootout at a double-storey terrace house in Kampung Desa Aman here on Thursday night.

L/Kpl K. Jayabalan from Gombak police headquarters died at the scene while detective M. Alagesan from the city police headquarters and L/Kpl R. Rajakumaran from the Commercial Crime department died at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

The injured policeman is C/Insp Helmi Zakaria from the Gombak Narcotics division. He is at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

The shooting Thursday night was the third in the last three days in which policemen were shot while on duty.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the policemen had gone to the house to investigate after receiving a drug-related tip-off.

When they reached the scene, several men in two cars arrived outside the house and fired at the policemen in the 7pm incident.

The suspects escaped. The police are now trying to find out the identity of the people staying in the house.

“They are very dangerous as they are armed,” he said when met at the scene.

“We have informed the police contingent about the incident and told them the cars used by the suspect,” he said.

It is also learnt that the house has been use as a drug laboratory by the suspects.

Meanwhile, a witness to the incident said he saw the policemen reaching the scene in a Honda CR-V.

He said a few shots rang out shortly after.

The man said he ran out to help when one of the policemen shouted for help.

The crimes are getting more complicated and the criminals are more organised, sophisticated and brutal. The Police Force actually need more men and women, much better equipments and more improved work process, on top of the already complicated regime to serve the needs of the Malaysian public, as is.

Look how much major cities, especially Klang Valley, is dependent on the Police Force to assist the traffic control, every single work day morning and evening, rain or shine, without exception or exclusion.

It is imperative that the Police Force be appreciated for the work hazards under the ever adverse conditions and circumstances that they have to go through to ensure our security of blanket is preserved, without the Malaysian public compound their responsibilities with unnecessary petty issues.

It is easy and convenient to blame the Police for any “perceived” failures in them carrying out their duties. Have we ever really thought through how we would carry out those duties that we conveniently mock ourselves, given all the limitations at hand and still deliver was is expected by the Malaysian public, without exception or excuse?

There is a Malay saying to explain this, “Berat bahu memandang, lagi berat bahu memikul“. In times like this, the sacrifice of former IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim, former Perak CPO Tan Sri C T Khoo, Dect. Corporal Saghadevan of Kampung Sauk incident and Sergeant Jamil Md. Shah and the men and women of Bukit Kepong Police Station in 1950, will always be remembered and appreciated, so that the rest of us can sleep soundly, every night.

Published in: on October 26, 2007 at 10:26  Comments (1)