Published: Wednesday September 26, 2012 MYT 9:04:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday September 26, 2012 MYT 11:09:57 PM
Two cops in critical condition after being shot by robbery suspects (Updated)
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: Gunmen opened fire at two police personnel following a routine traffic stop, leaving the two in critical condition.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said the incident occurred around 6.45pm Wednesday when the two policemen spotted a Proton car being driven in a suspicious manner along Jalan Kuchai Lama.
"They chased the car for a short distance before it stopped near an intersection heading to Sri Petaling.
"The two policemen got out of their patrol car and approached the vehicle when the suspects opened fire,” he told pressmen at the scene.
He said the two policemen, aged 41 and 51, and from the Brickfields police headquarters, were hit in the chest and neck.
"They were rushed to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre when back-up arrived shortly after the incident.
"The suspects abandoned the vehicle about a kilometre away from the scene," he said, adding that police believed four suspects were involved in the shooting.
Comm Mohd Bakri said police were investigating the possibility that the suspects could have been involved in the robbery of a jewellery shop in Petaling Jaya earlier in the day.
During the robbery, a security guard died after he was shot twice by three robbers armed with a gun and two axes.
"We are investigating the case under Section 3 of the Fire Arms Act (Increased Penalties) and Section 307 of the Penal Code for discharging a firearm and attempted murder respectively," he said.
Comm Mohd Bakri added that the two policemen were in critical but stable condition.
"We are in the midst of taking statements from several passers-by who witnessed the incident," he said and urged those with information to contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.
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