BINTULU (NST) – The more police look into the case of a man at first thought to have been killed by an exploding e-cigarette, the more it feels like they were in a spy movie. Police found the death of a 43-year-old van driver on Sunday was due to a projectile-like weapon piercing his chest at close range.
District police chief Superintendent Abdul Razak Mohammad said police found what appeared to be a ballpoint pen-like weapon on the victim’s body. He said the weapon looked like something out of a spy movie.
“One thing for sure is that his death is not due to an exploding e-cigarette but a pen-like gun,” said Razak. Police found several pellet rounds on the victim’s body, believed to be the projectile for the weapon.
“At this moment, we are not sure how the weapon works, or if it is propelled by gunpowder-like substance. All we gathered is that the victim’s body had a burn mark and a wound on the chest.”
A pathologist will carry out further checks on the body tomorrow and police have sent the weapon for a ballistics test. The case has been classified as sudden death, but if it is found that the pen is a weapon, it would be investigated under the Firearms Act.
Checks revealed the victim had no previous criminal record.