Richie recovering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: A locket worn by a police constable saved his life after his colleague accidentally discharged his handgun a metre away from him while preparing for their night rounds at the Luyang police station here.
Richie Bejau Asing said it was a miracle that the bullet, which hit his upper abdomen, missed all vital organs including the lungs, heart and ribs.
The 25-year-old Richie credited the metal locket for his survival, though he still had to be operated on later to remove the bullet.
Kota Kinabalu city police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun said the incident, which happened at about 7.15pm on Tuesday, was rare but they were continuing with investigations.
He said the initial probe showed the 34-year-old corporal involved in the incident was emptying the barrel of a .38 revolver when a round was discharged from the weapon.
Both men were getting ready to go to the Queen Elizabeth I Hospital police beat base for duties when the incident happened.
The corporal was being questioned under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, said ACP Jauteh.
In another case, a 30-year-old clerk lost her RM2,000 gold necklace to a robber after he bumped his four-wheel drive vehicle into her car along a road in Inanam near here.
It was learnt that the male suspect bumped into the woman’s car, prompting her to alight and check on damages sustained.
The man then snatched her necklace before fleeing in the 3.30pm incident on Tuesday.
ACP Jauteh said police managed to recover the suspect’s vehicle that was abandoned at road near Penampang at about 7.30pm the same day.
“We are hunting for the suspect and are also checking whether the vehicle used was stolen,” he said.