High drama in Telipok as po­lice gun down hostage taker

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - — Ber­nama

TUARAN: It was not like any other Sun­day in the lit­tle town of Telipok, about 10km south of here as a man held a two-year- old girl hostage at an apart­ment build­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Po­lice, upon be­ing alerted on the mat­ter at 4pm, swung into ac­tion and after over an hour ne­go­ti­at­ing with the man, had to gun him down when he threat­ened to throw down the girl from the kitchen of a fourth-floor unit.

Sabah po­lice com­mis­sioner Datuk Omar Mammah, who was at the scene, told re­porters that po­lice tried their best to per­suade the man to re­lease the girl, but he re­fused to do so.

“Po­lice were alerted at 4pm that the man was hold­ing the girl hostage at the unit with a knife to her neck. Through­out the ne­go­ti­a­tions, he per­sisted in hold­ing the knife at her neck which caused a slight cut there.

“When it ap­peared that he would do what he was say­ing, po­lice had no choice but to or­der our sharp­shoot­ers to gun him down. The sus­pect was in­stantly killed and the girl res­cued,” he said.

Omar said the girl was rushed to Likas Hos­pi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment. He said based on pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions, it is learned that the 30-year- old sus­pect was not stay­ing around the apart­ment area and no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments were found on him.

“On the fourth f loor of this apart­ment block there is a stall, and the sus­pect had gone to the stall be­fore pulling out a knife and grab­bing the child who was out­side the stall. He then locked her in the apart­ment unit,” he said.

Omar said the sus­pect or­dered the home­owner, who was per­form­ing mid­day prayers, to get out of the house. Upon see­ing the sus­pect with a knife, the home­owner did as he was told, he added. Omar said the sus­pect might have been men­tally ill, as there were no threats or re­quests made dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions for the re­lease of the child. The mo­tive is yet to be de­ter­mined and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing, he said.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 307 for at­tempted mur­der.

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