Soysapura shooting: Main suspect shot dead in police confrontation
June 7, 2020 08:13 am
The main suspect of the gunfire attack on a restaurant in Soysapura, Moratuwa has been shot dead by the Police.
This was in a confrontation with the police at the Dunagaha, Ballapana area in Minuwangoda, stated the Police Media Spokesperson.
Reportedly, the suspect had opened fire at the police around 12.03 am this morning (07) when the police had attempted to arrest him based on a tip-off received that a suspect had been hiding in the area.
However, the suspect had sustained injuries when the police officers, too, opened fire in response, said Police Media Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne.
The injured suspect had been admitted to the Divulapitiya Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The deceased suspect is a 50 year old temporary resident of Ballapana-Divulapitiya and is identified as an underworld figure connected to several murders. It is reported that the suspect had committed many crimes under various aliases.
His body currently remains at the Divulapitya morgue and the magistrate’s inquest and other investigations will be carried out shortly.
Further investigations are carried out by Peliyagoda Divisional Crimes Division and Kelaniya Crimes Division.
Minuwangoda Magistrate will be informed on the matter, later today.
A restaurant in Soysapura first came under an attack by an unidentified group of persons wielding swords during curfew hours on May 19.
Three police officers were subsequently stationed at the restaurant to ensure its security and safety.
However, on the night of May 28, a group of persons had carried out an attack again. This time they had opened fire at the restaurant while the three police officers were on duty.
The owner of the restaurant had stated that he had been receiving continuous death threats from a person in Dubai, who had been trying to extort money from him.
Subsequently, 03 police officers – one sergeant and two constables – who were on duty at the restaurant when it came under a gunfire attack, were interdicted over charges of neglect of duty.
Investigations into the incident are being carried out under the directives of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Mount Lavinia Division.
Three other suspects are already in the custody of police over the sword attack on the restaurant on May 19.
On May 30, an underworld figure named ‘Konda Janiya’ was arrested in connection to the incident at Eluwila, Panadura.
On June 02, an underworld figure out on bail named ‘ Angulane Anju Rosa’ was also arrested in Akuressa, for having a hand in the shooting incident alongside ‘Konda Janiya’.
On June 03, on more suspect was arrested by the STF at the Ratmalana area.