Close call: Yusof pointing to the lock that was pried open by the group of burglars at his house in Taman Melawati, Hulu Klang.
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Yusof Haslam has played a policeman many times on the television series Gerak Khas – but fiction turned to reality when he opened fire on three burglars who broke into his house.
Yusof, who acts and directs in the highly-rated show, had to fire three warning shots to scare off the burglars who entered his house in Taman Melawati early yesterday.
It is learnt that Yusof was watching television on the second floor of his house at about 2.30am when he suddenly heard his maid shouting for help downstairs.
A police source said Yusof then took his own Glock pistol and fired a shot towards the stairs before running downstairs.
His son Syamsul Yusof also came out of his room and the two men went to inspect a bedroom of one of his children, who was not at home, and found it ransacked.
“Datuk (Yusof) then went to check on his metal gate and saw the robbers had prised the lock open.
“He fired two more shots towards a jungle nearby as he believed the burglars could have escaped through there,” said the source.
Ampang OCPD Asst Comm Khairuldin Saat said all three masked robbers wore black but did not have gloves on.
“According to the maid, the burglars spoke fluent Malay. So far, we believe the robbers fled with a watch and a ring, believed to be worth RM10,000,” he said.
mStar Online quoted Yusof’s wife, Datin Patimah Ismail, as saying the family and police were studying the CCTV footage of the incident.
“The robbers pointed their pistols at our maid but thankfully, she was only slightly injured. They managed to cart away my son Syafiq’s wedding gifts, including a ring and a watch,” she said.
Patimah said she was grateful her husband had acted quickly and scared the robbers away.