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Malaysian Cop who fired M-16 in the air under stress according to police chief

Tests show the officer had taken drugs, possibly to relieve stress

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 11:49am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 February, 2017, 11:52am

A policeman who used his M16 rifle to fire several shots in the air in the Malaysian border town of Padang Besar, is believed to be under stress.

Padang Besar district police chief Supt Ghazani Abdul Ghani said the policeman attached to 1st Battalion, General Operations Force (GOF) based in Ulu Kinta, Perak, had been arrested.

The 34-year-old corporal emptied a whole magazine of his M16 rifle by firing several shots into the air. He then grabbed a colleague’s M16 rifle and did the same.

“No one was hurt. The corporal was probably under stress and took drugs to address it because a urine test for drug proved positive,” said Ghazani when contacted today.

The incident happened at a security post near the Malaysia-Thailand border.

Ghazani said the corporal was arrested by his fellow colleagues and handed over to the Padang Besar police for further action.

The police also seized two M16 rifles and three rifle magazines.

The corporal joined a month-long operation with his squad at the Malaysia-Thailand border here and should have returned to Ulu Kinta today.

In another development, Bernama understood that the police today obtained a four-day remand order on the corporal to aid the investigation.

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Cop who fired M-16 in the air under stress: Padang Besar police chief