A man was shot dead by police after he went on a rampage and killed one his colleagues before running toward the cops with knives in both hands. The incident took place at a factory outlet of a multinational company in Penang, Malaysia, on Monday.

According to the police report, the suspect, a 25-year-old quality inspector, showed up at the workplace after remaining absent for a week. On Monday afternoon, he recovered the weapons from his car and went on a rampage inside the office. He first slashed a 48-year-old female colleague on her head, neck, and arms before attacking the factory's safety director who had tried to intervene. Police were called to the scene around 4.45 p.m. local time (4.45 a.m. EDT). The suspect tried attacking the responding officers before he was shot dead.

“When at the scene, they tried to placate him but he ran after the officers while brandishing two parangs (knives) so they shot him where he collapsed on the spot,” said southwest district police Chief Supt. A.A. Anbalagan.

The officers collected both the weapons from near the suspect’s body and also found another knife with him. In the meantime, the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries.

“Both victims were immediately sent to the hospital but the first victim succumbed to her injuries at the hospital,” Anbalagan said. The second victim was stable but continued to be under medical attention.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, who joined the company two years ago, had already placed his resignation formalities and was to leave the factory by the end of the month. He was reportedly suffering from depression as he spent most of his time alone in a room with minimal interaction with other employees. The investigation will proceed under section 302 and 307 of the penal code for murder and attempt to murder respectively. The exact reason for the killing was not known.

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