Cops gun down suspects after expressway car chase

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Cops gun down suspects after expressway car chase

Postby admin » Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:58 am

BUTTERWORTH: Five suspected robbers were gunned down after a car chase on the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE), about an hour after a robbery was reported in Kulim.

Police shot dead the five Vietnamese at Km15.7 of the expressway, 1km away near the Penanti exit here.

They were identified as Cao Ho Tuyen, Thai Ngoc Mung, Nguyen Manh Hai, Tran Manh Hung and Dinh Prong Duy. They were aged between 23 and 30 years.

Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob said police received a call at 2.45am about a robbery in Kulim and alerted the police patrols on duty.

He said a patrol car spotted a silver Perodua Kenari on the BKE and flagged it down near the Penanti rest and service area at Km17 at 3.30am.

“The car stopped but before police could search the car, it sped off,” he told reporters.

DCP Ayub, who was launching a police community programme at the state police headquarters at Penang Road in George Town yesterday, said three patrol cars were called in as backup and one managed to overtake the fleeing suspects at Km15.7 of the expressway.

“At that point, a shot fired from the suspects’ car hitting the rear windscreen frame of the patrol car.

“Police fired back in self defence and took down all five suspects in the ensuing shootout,” said DCP Ayub.

No police personnel were hurt in the incident.

On inspecting the vehicle, DCP Ayub said police found a pistol, a live bullet, 11 parang, an iron cutter, a crowbar and two ski masks.

“We also found that the car had false number plates and was reported stolen at the Seberang Jaya police station in October last year,” he said.

DCP Ayub added that police believed the suspects could be connected with a robbery in Kulim earlier that morning.

“The police station in Kulim alerted us that a robbery had occurred at a lodging hostel for Vietnamese workers in Taman Perak earlier that morning at 2.25am.

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