Drama near Shangri-La: 1 shot, 2 nabbed

Police opened fire at a car near Shangri-La Hotel on Sunday (May 31) morning, killing the driver, a 34-year-old Singaporean man.

Two male passengers in the red Subaru Impreza, a 26-year-old and a 31-year-old, were arrested.

Police said the trio had been stopped at a police vehicular checkpoint at Ardmore Park.

When asked to open the car boot for checks, the driver accelerated towards Anderson Road.

Despite being given police warnings to stop, the driver continued to crash through police barricades, endangering the lives of the officers, said the police.

Officers then opened fire on the vehicle.

Taken to hospital

The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 31-year-old man was injured and taken to hospital conscious.

The driver and one of the passengers are wanted for various offences. 

All three men are Singaporeans.

No explosives, arms or weapons were found in the vehicle - and no weapons were found on the trio.

Substances believed to be controlled drugs and an item believed to be a drug-taking utensil were found on them.

Police said preliminary investigations indicate that it was an isolated incident. Investigations are ongoing.

Security is tight around Shangri-La Hotel because of the Shangri-La Dialogue, a three-day security summit involving defence chiefs from 26 nations.

Mr Reto Klauser, the hotel's general manager, said in a statement:

"As the incident this morning along Anderson Road is currently under police investigation, we are not able to make any related comments.

"The hotel is operating as usual."


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