Woman sought over shooting of policeman outside cafe
Posted on July 4, 2012, Wednesday
JOHOR BAHARU: A woman, in her 20s, has been sought to facilitate investigations into the shooting of a policeman outside a cafe in Nusa Bestari here, three days ago.
In the incident, Police Constable Snilus Lembik, 24, sustained four gunshot wounds when he was fired upon by a man, using the former’s service revolver, at the cafe.
The off-duty policeman and his two colleagues, and a group, including the woman, were watching the Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain when the shooting occurred.
Johor police deputy chief Datuk Ismail Yatim said the woman in her 20s, was with four men from Sarawak when the latter became drunk and caused a ruckus.
He said Snilus, also from Sarawak, tried to subdue the men before one of them grabbed his gun and fired at him.
“The four fled from the cafe with Snilus’ gun before they were detained by the police, 15 minutes later,” he told reporters at the state police contingent headquarters here yesterday.
Four suspects, aged between 18 and 24, are now in police custody. Snilus, attached to the crime prevention branch of the Nusajaya police headquarters, has been warded at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital and reported to be in stable condition.
Meanwhile, Ismail said police had re-classified a case involving former Singaporean journalist Rita Zahara Mohd Nazeer and her family members last Sunday, as extortion and robbery, rather than kidnapping.
According to him, no ransom was demanded and the police were now trying to trace her white Nissan Sunny car and the suspects, based on some clues.
Rita Zahara, 37, was on the way home with her younger sister, two children and their maid from a family reunion at her eldest sister’s house near Larkin, Johor about 12.40am when she stopped by some roadside stalls to buy fruits.
Two armed men reportedly drove away in the vehicle after forcing out the other occupants in Ulu Tiram, about 20km away. — Bernama