KUALA LUMPUR: The policeman, who was captured in a video of a brawl in Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, where a man was killed and another was seriously injured, is an off-duty officer.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the policeman is from the Kuala Selangor Criminal Investigations Department and was off-duty and on leave.
“He was in Bangsar with a friend for dinner and at the time of the incident, he and the friend were heading to their car in the area.
“The officer was unarmed as he was off-duty and on leave,” he said, addressing comments on social media on why the policeman had failed to prevent the fatal fight.
ACP Anuar said when the officer wanted to report the matter, a police vehicle arrived at the scene.
The officer confirmed to them that he was the man in the video when the police interviewed him.
Meanwhile, police have arrested a 26-year-old suspect linked to the case.
The suspect was arrested in a raid at Jalan 11, Selayang Baru, Batu Caves, at 3.30pm, said ACP Anuar.
Police also raided several other houses nearby but the other suspects had fled.
Police had earlier identified five suspects involved in the brawl.
A 28-year-old man died after he was slashed and stabbed with beer bottles while another suffered injuries in the fight.
In the 1am incident yesterday, a group of armed men had allegedly attacked the duo while they were walking to a parking area. The two were leaving after having drinks nearby.
Initial police investigation revealed that the two men were repeatedly hit with helmets, knives and beer bottles.
The video of the victim falling in front of a convenience store in Bangsar has since gone viral on social media.