CRIME: Quick police action good, shooting to wound better
POLICE shot dead a man who went on a rampage wielding a samurai sword, while accompanied by a woman brandishing a similar sword, outside Complex B of the Prime Minister's Department last Tuesday.
According to Putrajaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Razak Abdul Majid, unemployed Khalil Afandi Hamid, 47, died while on the way to Hospital Putrajaya.
He said that in the 2.30pm incident, Khalil and the 28-year-old woman -- a former student of the International Islamic University Malaysia -- had tried to enter the guardhouse but were prevented by an auxiliary policeman.
A member of the patrol unit fired three shots which hit Khalil's right hand and abdomen while the woman sustained a gunshot wound in the right leg.
I appreciate the prompt action of the police by preventing the public from being hurt or killed.
However, couldn't the police shoot to wound?
Are our policemen well trained in shooting so that they shoot to wound?
Often, we read that suspects have been shot dead instead of being taken alive for questioning.
I wonder what the statistics are on the number of suspects who have been wounded and caught as against those who were shot and killed?