3 armed robbers killed in shootout with cops

GOMBAK: Three men, believed to have been involved in a series of armed robberies in Selangor, were killed in a shootout with police at Km22, Jalan Rawang early today.

Selangor police chief Noor Azam Jamaludin said a police team on crime patrol in Bandar Country Homes in Rawang came across the suspects, who were behaving suspiciously in a Volkswagen Polo car at 5am.

“Police approached the car to conduct checks but the driver sped off, which led to a 7km chase. They tried to ram the patrol car but crashed their vehicle.

“The three suspects then rushed out and began firing several shots,” he told reporters.

Noor Azam said police fired six shots in return, killing all three suspects.

He said police found two semi-automatic pistols, three machetes and face masks at the scene.

Preliminary investigations also found that the three suspects were believed to have been involved in several armed robberies in Rawang, Batu Arang and Kundang.

Noor Azam said all three suspects, who have yet to be identified, were also believed to have been involved in 60 burglaries and armed robberies reported in Selangor since May.

“The car used by the suspects is believed to have been stolen during a car-jacking incident on Aug 5 and was fitted with false registration number plates,” he said.