Auxiliary cop shoots twice at car near Tuas Checkpoint
Drama near Tuas checkpoint
At close to midnight on Tuesday, two auxiliary police officers were alerted to suspicious behaviour on the Second Link Bridge near the Tuas Checkpoint.
Four vehicles heading towards Singapore had stopped near the International Boundary (IB) on the bridge.
As the officers went about their investigations, a vehicle reversed dangerously towards them.
An officer opened fire, shooting twice at the car, which then drove off towards Malaysia.
A statement from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) released yesterday confirmed the incident, which happened at about 11.45pm.
"As the officers approached, two of the vehicles made a sudden U-turn and headed towards Malaysia," said the statement.
"While the other two vehicles initially complied with the officers' instructions to proceed to Tuas Checkpoint, one of the vehicles suddenly reversed in a dangerous manner, against the flow of traffic, towards the officers who were on foot."
One of the officers fired two shots at the vehicle, but the vehicle continued on its way towards Malaysia.
The driver of the remaining vehicle was detained at Tuas Checkpoint.
ICA said preliminary investigations indicated that they were involved with smuggling cigarettes.
The statement also said that no one was injured and that traffic at Tuas Checkpoint was light at the time.
The New Paper contacted the Tanjung Kupang police station, which oversees the area in and around the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex, at about 8pm yesterday.
When asked about the three vehicles that had fled to Malaysia, a spokesman for the station said that they "are not aware of the incident and were not alerted by the (Malaysian) customs office".
When asked if Singapore authorities contacted them to help with the investigation, the spokesman added: "If either the customs office or the Singapore authorities needed help with the incident, we would have known about it first thing in the morning.
"But we didn't hear anything about it at all."
Singapore police declined to comment on the case as investigations are ongoing.
- Additional reporting by Zaihan Mohamed Yusof