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Police shoot dead factory worker who ran amok and killed colleague

Police this evening shot dead a factory worker who ran amok, causing the death of one colleague and seriously injuring another, in Bayan Lepas, Penang.

In the 5.45pm incident, the 25-year-old man is believed to have used a parang to harm a female supervisor, aged 47, and a male security manager at the factory. The supervisor succumbed to serious injuries, particularly head wounds, while receiving treatment at a hospital.

The 53-year-old manager is reported to be stable and receiving treatment at the Penang Hospital.

According to Penang Southwest district police chief Supt A A Anbalagan, the man who had worked as a quality assistant for two years at the factory was believed to have suffered from depression for several months and had been absent from work for a week.

He suddenly turned up for work today despite having submitted a letter of resignation effective at the end of this month.

Anbalagan said policemen who arrived at the scene had told the man to give himself up but he instead attacked them with a parang, prompting the officers to shoot in self-defence.

The parang, as well as a knife, were seized by the police who are also investigating the dead man’s motives.

- Bernama

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