GOMBAK: Three suspected serial robbers were killed in a shootout with police at Km22 of Jalan Rawang here, on Saturday.
The gun battle immediately followed a seven-kilometre high-speed chase, Bernama reported.
The incident began at 5am when a team of policemen conducting a security patrol at Bandar Country Homes in Rawang came across the trio, who were in a parked Volkswagen Polo.
“When police approached the car to conduct checks, the driver sped off.
“This led to a seven-kilometre chase,” said Selangor police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin.
Towards the end of the pursuit, the driver of the Volkswagen Polo attempted to ram the patrol car but lost control of the vehicle, which crashed.
The three men then alighted from the vehicle and began firing shots at the policemen.
Police fired six shots in return, killing all three suspects.
Following the shootout, a search of the vehicle uncovered two semi-automatic pistols, three machetes and several face masks.
An investigation later revealed that the vehicle was car-jacked on Aug 5 and had been fitted with false registration number plates.
Noor Azam said that the three men are believed to have been involved in several armed robberies in Rawang, Batu Arang and Kundang; as well as up to 60 burglaries in Selangor since May this year.
He added that the case is being investigated under section 307 of the Penal Code.