Published: Wednesday October 31, 2012 MYT 12:36:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday October 31, 2012 MYT 7:57:14 PM
Criminal who shot two cops killed in gunfire exchange with police
MACHANG: A wanted criminal who shot two policemen within 48 hours and abducted a baby was killed in a gunfire exchange with the police.
Zawa Abdul Halim, believed to be the ringleader of 15 armed robberies and drug-trafficking cases, was shot dead along KM45 Jalan Machang-Kuala Krai at 7.30am on Wednesday.
Just an hour earlier, the 34-year-old had held a gun to Rizal Harun's neck and hijacked his car from him at a mosque in Paloh, Gua Musang.
Rizal recalled how terrified he was when Zawa drove away the car, as his 17-month-old baby Muhammad Haikal Harraz was asleep at the backseat.
“I wanted to grab my son but could not do so as it happened very quickly.
“While pointing the gun at my neck, the suspect forcibly pulled my wife out of the car as well,” said Rizal when met at the Machang hospital later.
Zawa had driven the car Machang, not realising there was a baby in the vehicle.
He later realised he was being tailed by the police.
In trying to escape, Zawa lost control of the car and skidded at a T-junction. Undeterred, he ran out from the vehicle and opened fire at the police some 300m from the car.
In the gunfire exchange, Zawa was killed while Korporal Mat Raduan Mat Husin, 50 was shot in the ribs.
Baby Muhammad Haikal remained unscathed throughout the drama.
On Tuesday, Zawa had also shot Lans Kpl Mohd Shamsul Anuar Mohd Adnan in the chest after he tried to catch Zawa and his accomplice who were trying to escape a road block at Paloh police station.
“The two then fled into a palm oil plantation. Later, Zawa stole Rizal's car,” said Kelantan deputy police chief Mazlan Lazim at a press conference held at the district police station.
He added the police were still hunting for Zawa's accomplice believed to be still hiding in the palm oil plantation.
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