The Jakarta Post
Police shot a man, identified only as M, 43, who was brandishing a machete and threatening to douse a bank with gasoline in Dumai, Riau, on Monday.
“His crime was not robbery. We are still examining him with the help of psychologists,” Dumai Police chief Adj. Sr. Restika Pardamean Nainggolan said.
Restika said M, the father of two, came to the bank with a can filled with gasoline, urging the bank staff to get out of the bank for their safety.
“He was threatening to burn the bank,” he said. The man also allegedly damaged equipment such as computers and furnishings in the bank.
Restika said several police arrived to secure the area after the bank security staff asked for help from a police officer who was on duty in front of the bank.
“The man was shot as he was resisting arrest,” he said, adding that he was later taken to a hospital for medical examination.
Restika said the man had claimed that his behavior was inspired by a movie. Prior to his rampage at the bank, M, who works as a street vendor, went to a gas station to fuel up his motorcycle, but did not pay for the gasoline.
“M threatened the gas station staff with the machete,” he said.
The bank is temporarily closed and secured by the police following the incident. (das)