Cop fires at friends during drinking session

KUALA LUMPUR: A drinking session among a group of men, almost ended in tragedy when one of them, a policeman, opened fire with his service firearm.

City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh said in the incident at 5am today at Sri Rampai in Setapak, the policeman attached to the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is believed to have been intoxicated and was involved in an argument with two of his friends in a restaurant.

"The suspect, believed to be a detective in his 30s with the rank of corporal, opened fire five times, with one shot hitting his friend in the buttocks," he said when met at the KL police contingent Hari Raya celebrations today.

Amar said police arrested the suspect moments after the incident and seized his gun.

"Police arrested the suspect and his friend. We will be fair in this investigation and we are waiting for a report to confirm whether he was intoxicated. But we believe he was drunk," he added.

The suspect is being held under remand for further investigations.

When contacted, KL CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said the case will be investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.