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Despite being shot in both legs, amok man refuses to surrender to cops

The Star Online logo The Star Online 13/3/2019 STEPHANIE LEE
Despite being shot in both legs, amok man refuses to surrender to cops © The Star Online Despite being shot in both legs, amok man refuses to surrender to cops

KOTA KINABALU: A machete-wielding man who ran amok in Sabah's Semporna district refused to surrender despite being shot in both legs by police.

According to Semporna police chief Supt Peter Umbuas, they received a call about a man running amok in Kampung Sungai Intan at about 11.25am on Monday (March 13).

He said three policemen who went the scene tried approaching the 38-year-old foreigner, but two of them went back to their patrol car when the suspect took out a machete.

"The suspect tried to attack the policeman who was not in the car," said Supt Peter.

He said the policeman shot the suspect's leg to stop him, but the suspect continued to fling his machete at him.

Supt Peter said the policeman had no choice but to shoot the suspect again, this time in the other leg.

"The officers tried to persuade him to calm down and put away the machete, but the suspect still refused to let the weapon go even though he was barely able to stand," he said.

Supt Peter said the other officers then got out of the vehicle and helped their colleague to disarm the suspect before taking him to the Tawau Hospital for treatment.

"We are not sure what caused the suspect to run amok," he said, adding they were also checking if he has any mental issues.

He said the suspect was recovering and will be remanded until March 26 for further investigation.

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