Mall shootout: Men in blue saluted for averting crisis

PETALING JAYA: Members of the public have expressed their appreciation for the police personnel involved in the dramatic shootout in the car park of a busy shopping mall in Jalan Kuchai Lama, which saw four robbers killed, one arrested, and a policeman injured.

Support and commendations went to all Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) personnel, especially the Selangor Serious Crimes Unit (D9) officer who was shot in the knee.

On The Star’s Facebook page, Malaysians expressed their support for the men in blue.

“Thanks PDRM for risking life (sic) to protect the country. Respect and let make the new Malaysia safe and peaceful with multicultural kindness,” said Be Theng Koo.

Fadly Azad said criminals should not be given any quarter.

“Respect la PDRM. Don’t give these robbers a chance. Kalau kasi chance, menjadi-jadi dorang (If you give them a chance, they will be more overbearing),” he said.

Facebook user Andy Tan said “good job” to PDRM for averting a crisis.

“Good job by PDRM for their quick action. Glad to hear no shoppers / public were injured during the shootout. Wishing the injured policeman a speedy recovery,” he said.

Arulmany Selliah said, “Well done PDRM. Thank you. May the officer get well soon”, while Alan Loon said “PDRM the best ...u guys are hero n Malaysian proud of u guys ...SALUTE”.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor, who visited the injured policeman at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre on Wednesday, said he was in stable condition.

“The operation to remove the bullet from his knee went well.

“Well done to him and other police personnel involved in the incident on Tuesday,” he said, adding that the policeman was recuperating.

Comm Mazlan said the sacrifice of police personnel is priceless as their hard work prevented any civilians from getting hurt.

“Considering it occurred at a shopping mall, the policemen did a magnificent job in ensuring members of the public were not hurt,” he said.

It was reported that a team from Selangor CID was responding to a call about suspicious activity when they ran into a gang of robbers fresh from a goldsmith heist at the mall in Kuchai Lama at about 4.30pm on Tuesday.

Gunfire erupted immediately, with four robbers shot dead and one arrested. One of the policemen was shot in the knee.

Another gang member, who was driving the getaway car, heard the gunshots and sped off.

A high-speed pursuit then took place. The police caught up with him about 400m away from the mall where another shootout resulted in his death.

Police seized two firearms, an axe, a machete, and two cars but have yet to identify the robbers.

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