MALACCA: A policeman was shot in the chest and abdomen when he stopped a suspicious-looking man to search his bag in Jalan Tun Ali yesterday.
The suspect's accomplice, who was waiting in a car several metres away, shot L/Kpl Mohd Rozi Yusuf three times and snatched his revolver.
A passer-by, a soldier known only as Mustaqi, tried to help L/Kpl Mohd Rozi but another accomplice who was also in the car threatened the soldier with a gun.
Mustaqi and two other soldiers from the Terendak camp could only help the policeman after the gunmen fled in the car.
It is believed that the suspicious-looking man and his three accomplices were planning to rob a goldsmith shop in the area.
In the 1.45pm incident, L/Kpl Mohd Rozi and two constables were on foot patrol during a crime-prevention round.
The two constables had walked ahead when L/Kpl Mohd Rozi confronted the suspicious-looking man.
While L/Kpl Mohd Rozi was searching the man's bag, the latter's accomplice got out of the car and fired three shots at the policeman.
The four men then fled in a car which was found abandoned in Jalan Tun Mamat at 3pm.
Ski masks and gloves were found in the car and police also lifted some fingerprints from the vehicle.
Eyewitness Mohd Rahmat Omar, an employee at a Tabung Haji office nearby, said he rushed to see what had happened when he heard the shots.
I saw a policeman lying on the ground and clutching his chest, he said.
Malacca police chief Senior Asst Comm I Datuk Christopher Wan said one bullet was lodged in L/Kpl Mohd Rozi's chest while another was in his abdomen.
He also said the car, bearing a false number plate, was stolen in Johor Baru on May 27.
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