CLEARING THE AIR: Tension over work led to fatal shooting of policeman
ALOR STAR: AN argument over work-related matters is believed to be the motive for the killing of a police constable while he was on sentry duty at Istana Anak Bukit here last Thursday.
The revelation put to rest rumours the victim, Mohd Sobri Sidek, 22, and the suspect were quarrelling over a woman.
"This is not true. It is impossible for the suspect and the victim to argue over some love affair.
"Both of them had met for the first time when they reported for the 3pm to 7pm duty before the incident took place," said state police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim.
"However, police believe the victim and the suspect might had an argument over issues related to their work," he said after attending High Profile Policing programme organised by state police yesterday.
Ahmad, however, declined to elaborate when pressed for more details on the argument.
He also could not confirm if they would charge the suspect, a 25-year-old lance corporal, after his seven-day remand order expires tomorrow.
"It would depend on our investigation.
"We will try to complete our probe into the case as soon as possible."
Sobri was manning the main front gate of the palace when the suspect fired 11 shots with his M-16 assault rifle, hitting the victim in his face and chest.
The suspect fled the scene of the incident but was arrested at his hometown in Simpang Empat in Perlis, three hours after the 5.45pm shooting.