‘Ketawalapitiye Sampath' shot dead in shootout with police

Drug dealer ‘Ketawalapitiye Sampath’ was shot dead in a shootout with the police at Malwathu Hiripitiya in Gampaha, this morning.

The shooting had taken place during a confrontation with police.

The Police Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said, when the police officers had repeatedly ordered the vehicle to stop, but the vehicle had ignored orders and continued to speed away and the suspect had fired gunshots at the police officers who were giving chase to the speeding vehicle.

This had prompted the police officers to open fire at the suspect.

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