GOMBAK: Three armed robbers were shot dead following a 7km high-speed chase with police.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said a team of police personnel was patrolling at Bandar Country Homes area when they stumbled upon the robbers, who were in a red Volkswagen Polo at about 5am on Saturday (Sept 14).
"Police personnel instructed them to pull over but they did not heed orders.
"They sped away and police gave chase for about 7km before managing to corner the robbers.
"Two of the robbers fired shots at police, forcing police to fire six shots at them. The robbers were killed," he told a press conference at the Gombak police headquarters on Saturday.
Comm Noor Azam said police recovered two pistols, a machete and three ski masks at the scene.
"A check on the vehicle used by the suspects revealed that it was reported stolen in a house break-in at Rawang on Aug 5.
"The car belonged to the victim who had alleged that police were late in responding to a 999 call," he said.
Comm Noor Azam said police believed the trio was responsible for a string of house break-ins.
"We are investigating further. We believe they were in the midst of searching for houses to be targeted when we stumbled upon them," he said.
In Selangor, a total of 60 cases of house break-ins have been reported between May and September.
"A total of 80% of the cases happened between 3am and 6am.
"We are focusing on combating these gangs of robbers," he said.