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09 May 2010

Police apologise for shooting another boy

The police have apologised for the shooting of a teenager in Gemencheh early today, and have detained a policeman over the incident.

The latest case comes just two weeks after a schoolboy, 14-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah, was killed in a police shooting.

Negeri Sembilan police chief SAC I Datuk Osman Salleh told reporters he has apologised to the family of the boy in today’s shooting.

Osman also confirmed that the officer involved was currently under investigation for failing to follow the standard operating procedure in the discharge of firearms.

“We have suspended him as he violated the Inspector-General of Police’s Standard Orders on when a policeman is allowed to open fire.

“Since the lives of the policemen were not in danger, he should not have opened fire,” he said.

According to reports, the police constable was alleged taunted by the motorcyclist who he kept weaving in front of the patrol car at 3.30am today.

The policeman, who has been in service for one-and-a half years, then fired a shot after the cyclist repeatedly refused to pull over.

Mohd Azizi Aziz, 17, was shot in his hip and has since undergone surgery at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital.

Osman said preliminary investigations indicated that the policeman did not intend to shoot the victim.

“He took out his pistol from the left window and wanted to fire a warning shot but it hit the victim. We will, however, have to verify this,” he said.

Mohd Azizi is the second case since Aminulrasyid was fatally shot 100 meters from his house.

Police alleged Aminulrasyid had tried to ram into police officers in Section 11, Shah Alam, causing them to open fire in “self-defence.”

However, this has been disputed by Azauddin Omar, 15, the lone passenger in the car when the 14-year-old was shot in the back of his head.

The government has since set up a special panel, headed by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Abu Seman Yusup, to investigate into the shooting.

Abu Seman has said that action would be taken if the officers involved were found to be at fault..

“If the policeman is found to have been negligent, we will let the law take its own course,” he said during a press conference.

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