GEORGE TOWN: The police will investigate the death of a man who had hijacked an East Coast Highway patrol car, before it crashed into a bus stop at Simpang Kampung Bukit Lada in Maran, Pahang.
They will also probe into an allegation by the deceased's family that the man died from a gunshot wound after he was shot in the head.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) said the police would investigate all angles including recording statements from witnesses and policemen who were at the scene of the incident on Thursday.
"Our initial investigations revealed that the man had shot himself in the head. However, we will conduct a detailed investigation into the matter," he said, adding that he would go to Kuantan to get to the bottom of the case.
He was speaking to reporters after launching a crime prevention programme of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (Penang) in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Police on Saturday.
Khalid was responding to an allegation by the father of the dead man that an autopsy report from Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah stated that the 22-year-old victim died of head injuries after being shot.
Abdul Nasir Abdullah, 50, had said that the report contradicted with a police statement that his son died after hitting his head on the steering wheel. He did not rule out taking legal action against the police.
In the incident, a man believed to have been mentally unsound, was reported to have attacked the police before grabbing a gun and escaping in a vehicle at the Chenor toll exit after firing four shots at random. – Bernama