Tragic turn of events: Members of Loh’s (inset) family waiting to claim his remains at the Malacca Hospital mortuary.
MALACCA: An enraged plumber who confronted a neighbour for allegedly prying open his window frequently ended up being shot dead by the police.
Armed with a knife, Loh Kim Hiong, 38, went to his neighbour’s flat at the Machap Baru new village at about 3pm on Friday and threatened to hurt him.
By the time police arrived, Loh had returned to his unit, which was also located on the second floor, and locked himself inside.
However, at about 9pm, Loh came down, armed with two knives that he flashed at several people and a team of policemen who were assigned to monitor him.
He then got onto his motorcycle and rode towards a plantation nearby with policemen following and urging him to put down the knives.
Alor Gajah district police chief Supt Mohamad Laham said Loh was shot when he tried to attack the policemen.
“A policeman fired a shot in self-defence as Loh was still aggressive,’’ he said here yesterday.
Loh died from the gunshot wound in his abdomen after being taken to the Malacca Hospital.
Loh’s wife, Lee Su Wei, 35, said there had been bad blood between her husband and the 39-year-old neighbour for years.
She said this occurred after a window in their room was pried open several times, and the couple eventually moved into another room.
“I got a call from Loh at about 11am on Friday saying that someone was trying to open the window again,” she said.
“He told me to call for help, to come home and help him confront the neighbour,” Lee said.
“By the time I got back, he had already locked himself inside the room,” she said at the mortuary here where family members waited to claim Loh’s remains.
Her brother-in-law, who declined to be named, said the family was puzzled as to why there was no warning before Loh was shot.
He said that based on witnesses’ accounts, his brother had raised both his hands, submitting himself to the police but was shot.
A group of people comprising family, relatives and neighbours staged a protest at the Machap Baru flats yesterday.
They held banners demanding that justice be served in the case.