Man high on drugs shot dead during hostage situation

IPOH: A man, who was under the influence of drugs, threatened to slash his mother but ended up being shot dead by police during a standoff at his home in Hutan Melintang, Hilir Perak.

The 44-year-old man, who is a widower, had threatened to slash his 72-year-old mother with a machete during the incident at Kampung Teluk Kompol on Tuesday at about 11.30pm.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the labourer was shot in the left shoulder.

“He collapsed on the floor after being shot.

“Medics who arrived at the scene confirmed that he had died,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Comm Mohd Yusri said the Hilir Perak district police were alerted by a family member and rushed to the scene only to find the suspect acting aggressively towards his elderly mother.

“Policemen tried to coax the man into cooperating, but he refused and continued to act aggressively.

“He had placed the machete on the woman’s neck while holding a pair of scissors and told the police to back off,” he said.

The policemen repeatedly tried to calm the man down. They managed to enter the premises after cutting the grille door open.

“Upon becoming aware that the police had entered the premises, the man pushed the woman, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.

“The man threw a fan at the police while swinging the machete around to avoid getting arrested,” said Comm Mohd Yusri.

“Facing a life-threatening situation, the police fired a shot at the man’s left shoulder,” he added.

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