It must be a shocking and woeful day for the police officers working in Bintulu’s station today.
At midnight (Jun 19), a 48-year-old police officer shot himself to death in front of four colleagues when they just reported in for the 12.05am to 8am night shift.
Identified as Benjamin Sagakkan Nyalipan, Benjamin was a lance corporal working in Bintulu police station, Sarawak, Malay Mail reported.
Bintulu OCPD Supt Zulipli Suhaili confirmed the incident and a source told The Borneo Post that it happened in front of the weaponry branch.
“During the roll call, when all of them were had just taken firearms from the store, the deceased loaded his gun and pointed it at a colleague before putting it under his chin and fired three shots.
“Our investigations revealed that the deceased had a heated quarrel with his wife over financial matters a day earlier,” said Supt Zulipli.
The deceased’s wife is also a lance corporal at the same police station.
It is learned that the deceased picked up a Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun and four magazines before shooting himself three times from the bottom of his chin.
Supt Zulipli told The Star that Benjamin had been serving in Bintulu’s station since January 1, 2007, and he also had some criminal records.
In August 2012, he was charged under Section 43(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for careless and inconsiderate driving. He was discharged not amounting to acquittal by the court.
Last year August, he was charged under Section 3 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1962. He was fined RM500 in lieu of six months’ imprisonment.
Benjamin was suspended after being sentenced but he was reported back to work on January 28 this year.
“He was also given counselling on Aug 16 and 17, 2018, at the station,” Supt Zulipli added.
As of now, the case has been classified as sudden death.
We wish Benjamin’s colleagues and family strength to pull through this grieving period.
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