Wanted robber killed in shootout with police

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PETALING JAYA: A man was killed in a shootout with the police in Bukit Mertajam in the wee hours today.

A police team spotted the 31-year-old suspect driving his vehicle in a suspicious manner while they were carrying out Ops Khas Samun at 1.25am, reported The Star.

The police team began tailing the car at Jalan Soon Ban Keng. Upon reaching an area near Kampung Baharu, the car sped off prompting the police to give chase.

The police team managed to overtake the car and forced it to stop in Jalan Berjaya.

Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said as the police team was approaching the car, the suspect began opening fire.

He said the police team returned fire and the suspect was killed in the shootout.

“We found him dead inside his car with a gun, live bullets and spent casings,” he said.

Zainol said investigations revealed the man was wanted for a robbery involving RM30,000 at a jewellery shop in Kuantan.

Police also believed the man was planning to rob a factory in Butterworth before he was spotted by the police team.