KUCHING: The motorist who was shot dead by police in Jalan Simpang Tiga here on Wednesday (Dec 15) night was armed with a shotgun, says Datuk Aidi Ismail.

“When policemen approached his car, the motorist was pulling out a shotgun.

“In self-defence, policemen fired two shots at the driver. Medical officers confirmed that he died at the scene,” the Sarawak Police Commissioner said in a statement here Thursday (Dec 16).

He said five policemen had earlier seen the 24-year-old man driving his car in a suspicious manner along Jalan Wan Alwi here.

When ordered to stop, the suspect stepped on the accelerator in an attempt to flee, he said.

Aidi said the motorist was only stopped in his tracks after policemen fired three shots at the tyres of his grey Proton Saga.

“Policemen opened fire at his car when he ploughed into five cars at the Jalan Simpang Tiga traffic light junction,” he said.

Police recovered the shotgun and several rounds of ammunition from inside the car.

He said the suspect had a criminal record with 14 previous offences including vehicle theft, cheating and drug abuse. -Bernama

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