SIBU: A lance corporal who returned to work after being suspended from duty for committing various offences shot himself to death with a police-issued submachine gun in front of his colleagues at the Bintulu police station.
The deceased was identified as 48-year-old Benjamin Sagakkan Nyalipan (pic).
Bintulu OCPD Supt Zulipli Suhaili said the incident happened early yesterday and there were four other police officers at the station who had just reported for their shift from 12.05am to 8am.
“During the roll call when all of them received their firearms from the storeroom, the man loaded his weapon with bullets.
“He then pointed the gun at a colleague before pointing it at his own chin and fired three shots,” he said, adding that his shocked colleagues saw him lunging forward towards the door before collapsing in a pool of blood.
“Our investigation revealed that a day earlier, he was involved in a heated quarrel with his wife over some financial matters,” said Supt Zulipli.
He added that the man’s 43-year-old wife is also a lance corporal at the same police station.
According to Supt Zulipli, the deceased who had been with the Bintulu police station since Jan 1, 2007, had previous disciplinary records.
He was discharged not amounting to an acquittal by the court on Aug 25, 2012, for an offence under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
He was also fined RM500 in default six months’ jail by the court on Aug 9, 2018, for an offence under Section 3 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1962.
Supt Zulipli said the deceased was subsequently suspended from duty after he was sentenced.
He reported for work on Jan 28 this year.
“He was also given counselling from Aug 16 to 17, 2018, at the station,” he added.