MIRI: Police have uncovered a German-made Walther pistol and live bullets hidden inside a drain in a housing estate here.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Lim Meng Seah said on Monday (May 20) that the pistol was used for an armed robbery and shooting that happened four days ago.
"At about 2pm Sunday (May 19), based on information from the public, we found the Walther PPK 7.65mm pistol inside a pipe next to a drain at Taman Jelita in the Taman Tunku housing estate.
"Investigations showed that the pistol was manufactured in Germany, but its serial number had been tampered with," he said.
The pistol is one of the firearms used by a robbery gang during a heist at a house in Taman Jelita that led to a shootout with the cops.
On May 16, a policeman and a robbery suspect were injured during a shoot-out between the armed robbers with police.
The 1pm incident happened at a double-storey house in Taman Jelita, some 15km from the city centre.
The police arrested two suspects and are hunting for another.
The injured policeman was shot in the hand while the suspect was shot in the leg.
Police stumbled upon the armed robbers who were in the process of robbing a family inside the house.
The police saw a car in the front of the house and decided to investigate.
The armed robbers then started shooting at them from the house, and the police returned fire.
Police have seized a gun and ammunition at the scene of the shootout.
ACP Lim said the police have intensified their hunt for the third suspect.
"The wanted man is armed and dangerous," he said.