Nov 26, Colombo: Underworld gang member Hewa Lunuwilage Lasantha alias ‘Tinker Lasantha’ was shot dead by police in Kalutara this morning (26).
He was killed in a shootout with police in the Diyagama area in Kalutara, the Police said.
The suspect was arrested yesterday afternoon by the police on a tip off that he had arrived in Kalutara for a crime.
The shootout happened when ‘Tinker Lasantha’ had opened fire at a group of police officers while being escorted to recover two hidden pistols firearms, the Police said.
Two officers of the Kalutara Divisional Crime Branch were also injured in the incident and hospitalized.
Police say ‘Tinker Lasantha’ is the main suspect in the murder of Sunshine Sudda, a known drug trafficker, who was gunned down on the 3rd September.