The first shooting on sight comes just one week after Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Hadiatmoko issued a shoot-on-sight order for criminals targeting foreigners, saying the frequency of crimes against foreign tourists and residents in Denpasar and Badung had now reached worrying levels.
Police said the man shot by police was believed to be part of an armed robbery ring operating on the island. The men had been cornered at a residence where police believed they sold stolen goods.
The man tried to flee when police arrived, which prompted police to open fire.
The officers seized nearly $2,000 in cash, other stolen goods, and two machetes believed to have been used in their robberies.
The four men held by police admitted to 13 armed robberies and gave police a list of where they happened. All had criminal records.
The shoot to kill Order was issued after an American was hospitalized after an armed robber in Bali. Other robberies and assaults had been reported, with one robbery ending in a murder of the foreign victim.
The police chief said that the island’s image as a tourist destination was at risk because of crime.
And from the desperate criminal file:
An armed robber shot a cash register three or four times and fled with cash from the A.J. Wright store at 1522 Boston Road, Sunday night.
The man, described as being 5 feet, 9 inches tall, heavyset and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a mask over his face, entered the store at about 7 p.m. and demanded money, Lt. John M. Bobianski said.
When the clerk couldn't open the cash draw, the man pulled out a revolver and shot the cash register. He fled on foot with the contained holding an undetermined amount of money, he said.
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