Dubai Police shoot suspect in drugs bust
Dubai Police shot a suspected drug dealer in the leg after he resisted arrest and attempted to grab an officer's gun, one of the force's top cops said.
General Abdul Jalil Mahdi, head of anti-narcotics, said they received information that the suspect, a 28-year-old Emirati, was due to collect a shipment of illegal painkillers from an Omani man in Fujairah last month.
He said: “We co-operated with Fujairah Police and monitored the suspect’s house in the Murbeh area of Fujairah.
“The suspect got in a car with a 21-year-old Emirati and headed off on the Dibba-Fujairah road. He reached a roundabout and got out the vehicle and walked to a tree. He returned to his vehicle and sped back towards his house.”
Mahdi added the man tried to avoid a police checkpoint at Masafi, saying: “He slowed down then started driving against the traffic.
“But we surrounded him and told him to pull over and he refused”.
Mahdi said two officers tried to restrain the suspect, who became violent and tried to drag one of them into the car.
“He tried to snatch the pistol from the policeman and the other officer shot him in the left leg to control him,” Mahdi said. “We found 19,420 Tramadol pills inside his car.”
The man was taken to hospital for treatment and has been charged.