The Police Headquarters in Kota Kinabalu district, Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 30-year-old Filipino man was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Malaysian police in the area of Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park in Sabah during the early hours of Tuesday.

The deceased, Kaidal Muksin, had been wanted by Sabah police on suspicion of being the leader of a gang responsible for 15 burglaries and two robberies in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Papar districts involving nearly 300,000 ringgit (US$77,000) since 2009, the New Straits Times reported.

According to police records, Muksin and four accomplices caused losses of 265,150 ringgit in their housebreaking activities while another 34,000 ringgit were lost in two robberies.

At around 2am on Tuesday, Muksin was seen by police riding a motorcycle but acting suspiciously. The suspect fled the scene when officers approached him.

During the pursuit, the man shot at the patrol officers, who returned fire. The Filipino man then was shot in the chest and head, while no officers were injured.

Muksin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Police said two members of Muksin’s gang were recently arrested, while the remaining one was still at large.