Police to probe incident of fatal shooting of commando

KOTA KINABALU: An elite commando was died during demonstration at the launch of the Fifth Division Infantry and the 13th Infantry Brigade at Lok Kawi Camp yesterday morning. Police were already investigating an army personnel on an accidental shooting that caused the death of Major Mohd Zahir Armaya.

In a statement released by Penampang police chief DSP Mohd Haris Ibrahim, police are investigating an army personnel on the incident under Section 304A of the Penal Code.

 “From about 10.05am, Penampang police received a report that an army officer had been accidentally shot by his colleague during a shooting presentation at the launching of the Fifth Division Infantry and the 13th Infantry Brigade.

“Initial investigations found at about 8.25am, a military officer with the rank of Major had died during the event,” he said.

Section 304 (a) of the Penal Code provides a jail term of up to 30 years or fine if convicted.

The victim was shot by his own colleague from about 5m using firearms during the performance, Mohd Haris said.

So far no arrests have been made and the police had confiscated the weapon in the incident, he added.

After the incident, Mohd Zahir who is an army officer from the 11th Regiment special unit was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was the son of film director and actor AR Badul or Armaya.

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