IPOH: A former member of the army with mental health issues who had entered the grounds of a border battalion in Gerik with a machete died after he was shot during a struggle.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the 35-year-old man died while receiving treatment at the Gerik Hospital.
He said the man, whose service in the Armed Forces was terminated in 2013 due to his mental health issues, had on Saturday climbed over the main gate of the Fourth Regiment border battalion at about 6.45pm.
“The suspect was warned by the soldiers at the security post to leave, but instead of obeying, he turned aggressive and attacked them with a parang (machete).
“During the struggle, one of the armed personnel opened fire, which hit the man, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
The incident, he added, was reported to the police by the battalion representatives, and the man was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Comm Mior Faridalathrash said initial investigations found that the man had joined the army in 2003 but his service was terminated in 2013 because of mental health issues.
The police are investigating the case under Section 9 of the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act 1959.