A man was shot dead after he allegedly tried to ram his car into a police patrol vehicle at the Jalan Simpang Tiga-Batu Lintang junction in Kuching last night.
In the 7.40pm incident, the man driving a Proton Saga was said to be behaving in a suspicious manner and drove his car at high speed towards police after receiving an instruction to stop.
It is understood that the suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, hit several cars at the junction while trying to flee.
Sources said police were forced to open fire when the suspect tried to run down several traffic policemen attempting to apprehend him.
Sarawak CID chief Lukas Aket confirmed the incident.
It was learnt that the man, who was driving a Proton Saga, had been instructed to stop for checks by the police for driving recklessly.
The man, however, ignored the order and sped off, hitting several cars along the way before arriving at a traffic light junction in Jalan Simpang Tiga.
He was said to have tried to ram into the police when they attempted to approach the vehicle to apprehend him. This forced the police to open fire.
A team of paramedics deployed to the scene confirmed that the man, 24, died on the spot.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail when contacted confirmed the case.
“Police will carry out a complete investigation into the case under Section 307 of the Penal Code and Section 8(a) of the Arms Act 1960,” he said.
The road was closed for more than five hours for the police to investigate the case, forcing motorists to use alternative routes.