ALOR SETAR (Bernama): A trader fatally shot himself while cleaning his shotgun in Kampong Perlis Simpor, Tikam Batu, near Sungai Petani Sunday (June 30) evening.
Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzly Abu Shah said that the incident took place at 5.50pm when the 59-year-old victim was cleaning his shotgun on the veranda of his house.
He said that preliminary investigation found that the victim's wife saw her husband taking out the firearm with some cleaning items to the veranda.
''Five minutes later, she heard a gunshot and rushed out to find out what had happened. She was shocked to see her husband lifeless on the floor.
"She found the weapon clasped in her husband's arms and between his legs, with the barrel under his chin,'' he said in a statement.
Based on the position of the body and the injury incurred, the victim was believed to be cleaning his gun while sitting in a chair and had accidentally shot himself under the left part of his chin.
Adzly said that the victim had a permit for the firearm to ward off crop pests, which had just been renewed on June 25.
''We also found three shotgun shells – one empty and two unused. Two were outside the shotgun, one was empty and one unused (live). The third shell in the shotgun chamber had not been fired,'' he said.
He said that the body of the victim was then taken to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for a post-mortem and the case was investigated under Section 39 of the Firearms Act 1960. – Bernama