BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia: A 44-year-old man with a history of 16 criminal records was fatally shot in a confrontation with police in Machang Bubok early this morning. Penang Police chief Datuk Khaw Kok Chin reported that the man, who had been involved in armed robberies, was spotted by a police team from the Serious Crime Division (D9) driving a Proton X70 vehicle towards Sungai Lembu around 12:35 am.
The police signaled for the driver to stop, but instead, the man accelerated and fired several shots at them. A confrontation ensued, with the man leading the police on a chase before losing control of his vehicle and skidding about 200 meters away. At this point, the man continued to fire at the police, and they returned fire, ultimately hitting and killing the suspect.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased had a history of involvement in robbery cases in Penang, Selangor, and Melaka. Additionally, he had been previously arrested for drug-related offenses and had faced charges under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, the Explosives Act (1957), and the Emergency Ordinance.
The deceased, who had been using a fake vehicle registration number, had a violent criminal history and had been involved in confrontations with the police in the past. The authorities are continuing their investigations into the incident.
In summary, the 44-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record was killed in a shootout with the police in Machang Bubok. The deceased had previously been involved in armed robberies and had accumulated 16 criminal records, in addition to being arrested for drug-related offenses and having faced charges under several laws. The authorities are conducting further investigations into the incident.