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GEORGE TOWN: Barely two months into his job, a rookie policeman has already got some "action" during a routine patrol.
Constable Shahrizal Zainol, 25, had to fire shots after he was attacked by two parang-wielding men who had earlier tried to break into a shophouse in Sungai Nibong here on Thursday.
Shahrizal, who was making the rounds at Lebuh Pekaka, said he noticed the duo trying to break into the shophouse.
When he confronted them, the men attacked him instead, forcing him to discharge his weapon.
The suspects, one of whom had 19 criminal convictions, are being treated in the same hospital and are expected to be charged soon.
Shahrizal, who joined the force on Jan 3, also had to be treated for an accidental gunshot wound to his right leg.
He said the incident, however, did not deter him from getting back to work soon.
"My parents, brothers and sisters, and girlfriend have been giving me tremendous support.
"I am thankful that I am all right," he said after receiving a visit from Penang police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob and northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police Gan Kong Meng at Penang Hospital yesterday.
Ayub said the risk was part of the job for policemen and commended Sharizal for performing his duty diligently.