Man who escaped Kuching cops nabbed while receiving treatment for gunshot wounds

KUCHING: A local man who was injured after he was shot twice by policemen here , together with his female accomplice, have been arrested while receiving treatment at the Betong Hospital.

Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri said the 38-year-old suspect, who was injured on his right arm and hip, was detained at 1pm on June 4, while he was receiving treatment at the Betong Hospital, about 237km from here.

He was shot when trying to flee in a stolen vehicle on Monday (June 6) morning.

According to Mohd Azman, a 34-year-old local woman who was with suspect was also arrested.

"Checks revealed that the man had a criminal record involving 10 vehicle thefts, obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties and attempted murder," he said in a statement on Monday.

He said the two suspects were believed to be involved in the theft of a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle reported stolen at Pasar Baru Tatau, about 565km north of here, at 1.09am on March 4.

Following the report, Mohd Azman said a team of police spotted the stolen vehicle and another 4WD at KM82, Jalan Sibu-Bintulu.

He said as police approached, both vehicles sped towards the police.

"Police fired several shots at the front and tyres of the two vehicles but the suspects managed to escape.

"The two vehicles crashed through a roadblock set up by a team from the Selangau police station about 300m from the original crime scene, almost hitting a police officer," he said, adding one of the 4WD vehicles was found by the roadside and the duo had escaped in the other vehicle.

He said the case was being investigated under Sections 379A and Section 307 of the Penal Code for vehicle theft and attempted murder. – Bernama

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