PETALING JAYA: Police shot and killed a suspected car thief armed with a parang during an early morning confrontation in Taman Medan here.
Sources said a Serdang police patrol unit had tracked down the teenager who was driving a Toyota Alphard that was reportedly stolen from Taman Puchong on Friday.
"Authorities had earlier arrested an accomplice connected to the robbery and was provided information of the suspect's whereabouts," the source said.
Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat confirmed a man was killed after being shot by police.
Police said that at about 4.20am Monday, the suspect had allegedly tried to break into a house in Taman Medan but was scared away when the owner came down to check after hearing noises downstairs.
"The suspect fled in the Toyota Alphard and was later cornered in front of a car repair shop along Jalan PJS 3/7 by Serdang patrol officers.
"The suspect had allegedly tried to attack the officers who returned fire, shooting him in the stomach at about 4.40am," the source said.
The suspect died shortly after and was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) for a post-mortem.
His accomplice, is under remand at the Serdang police headquarters.
The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code.
At the hospital, the suspect's family questioned the need for authorities to shoot him.
"He is a small 19-year-old boy, don't tell me police cannot arrest him. If he was being rowdy, they could shoot at his foot. Why shoot him in the stomach?" the suspect's uncle said.
He said that the family would lodge a police report over the unemployed teenager's death.
The uncle said the teenager was much loved by his family, being the youngest of three siblings, but said he was a problematic child.
"He mixed with the wrong people. Some days he just won't come home and be out drinking or doing God knows what.
"We tried to talk to him, tell him that he needs to change. He would listen, stay at home for a few days but then he would be out with his friends again," he said.
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