IPOH: A man armed with a machete was shot dead by police after he threatened to slash his mother at their home in Hutan Melintang, Hilir Perak.
Perak police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the 44-year-old labourer, who was under the influence of drugs, was shot in the left shoulder during the incident at about 11.30pm on Tuesday (May 23).
"He collapsed on the floor after being shot.
"Medical officers who arrived at the scene confirmed that he had died," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 24).
Comm Mohd Yusri said Hilir Perak police had received a report from a family member and rushed to the location to find the widower acting aggressively towards his 72-year-old mother.
"The police tried to coax the man into cooperating, but he refused and continued to act aggressively and threatened to slash his mother," he said, adding that the man placed the machete on the back of the woman's neck while telling the police to back away.
"They repeatedly tried to calm him down, (but he held) on to the woman," he said, adding that the deceased had two drug offences on his record.
Comm Mohd Yusri said police entered the premises after cutting the locked grille door.
"After realising that police had entered, he pushed the woman down, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.
"The man also threw a fan at the police while swinging the machete around to avoid getting arrested.
"Facing a life-threatening situation, the police fired a shot at the man's left shoulder, causing him to fall to the floor.
"They then called for an ambulance to treat the man and his mother but the man was pronounced dead," he added.
Comm Mohd Yusof said a post-mortem will be conducted at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here.
"The matter is still under investigation under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder and as a sudden death report," he added.