Man held for firearms possession after accidentally shooting wife

TAIPING (BERNAMA) – A ship captain who accidentally shot his wife while cleaning a firearm was arrested for possessing two rifles and two fake handguns and 160 rounds of ammunition at a house in Taman Desa Murni, Kamunting, on Tuesday.

Taiping District Police Chief ACP Osman Mamat said the 40-year-old man was arrested at 1pm on Tuesday.

“During the incident, the suspect was cleaning a gun with one round of ammunition and accidentally shot his wife, who is a teacher, aged in her 30s,” he said during a press conference at the district police headquarters yesterday.

He said police found two rifles, an automatic and a semi-automatic, with two magazines, one fake Glock Inc Smyrna Ga and one fake Pietro Beretta Gardone VT with two magazines.

Investigations revealed that the suspect, who works in Terengganu and has no criminal record, had been actively buying counterfeit weapons online over the past two years as a hobby.

“It was learnt that the suspect had bought a rifle for RM2,000, and intended to buy an M16 rifle for RM18,000,” he said, adding that the suspect was remanded for four days beginning yesterday.