Probe into air force shooting case under way

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KUCHING: Investigations into a shooting rampage at the Kota Samarahan Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) camp here are still going on. The case items have been sent to the chemistry and forensic departments for analysis.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail made this know when giving an update on the incident that claimed the lives of four RMAF personnel on Aug 13.

He said as the cases were classified as murder the investigations were carried out under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

“The autopsies have been done and the bodies have been handed over to the relevant heirs for burial. We are now waiting for the full autopsy reports.

“Case items including DNA samples, firearm and bullet casings, were sent to the state police’s forensic and chemistry departments for analysis,” he said.

The victims’ mobile phones have also been given to the forensic department in an effort to get information on the causes and motive of the shooting.

Aidi said the investigation report will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor’s office for further instructions once the investigation and specialist’s reports have been obtained.

The public are strongly advised not to make speculations that could jeopardise the investigations. They should also respect and safeguard the sensitivities of the bereaved families.

Recap: The tragic incident happened around 7.15am at the RMAF Handau Guard Station, Squadron 330 when an airman shot his colleagues with what is believed to be a M4 carbine.

Three men including the suspect (who shot himself), died at the scene while one succumbed to his injuries at Samarahan’s Sarawak Heart Centre.

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