Cops seeking inquest into sergeant's death in Bayan Lepas

KUALA LUMPUR: The police are expected to ask for an inquest in connection with the death of a police sergeant who was found with gunshot wounds in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said police had completed the investigation and received the post-mortem report as well.

"Penang police have prepared the necessary documents to apply for an inquest.

"We want to find out what caused the incident," he told reporters after attending the police excellence awards ceremony in Bukit Aman here on Friday (March 3).

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Previously, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain had said no criminal element was found in the death of the sergeant and the case had been classified as a Sudden Death Report.

Acryl Sani said the police through the Integrity and Standards Compliance Department's counselling unit constantly monitors the mental health of officers and personnel based on reports from their superiors.

"The issue of mental health is of utmost importance as our men and women face daily challenges and stress," he said.

While there was nothing lacking in the standard operating procedures (SOP) on firearms, the IGP said improvements could always be made.

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"There is nothing to prevent us from improving on existing SOP," he said.

It was reported that a police sergeant was found dead with gunshot wounds behind a police station in Bayan Lepas.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Kamarul Rizal Jenal had said the 51-year-old was found at about 3.30pm on Feb 19.

"The deceased was found with gunshot wounds to his neck, chest and also head,” he said in a statement, adding that a pistol was found.

Supt Kamarul said the deceased was with the Bayan Lepas police station.

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