Police officer Bunyamin Torgut was shot to death on Monday by suspected smugglers while approaching their car in Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt.
The 30-year-old officer was trying to stop the car as it was being driven by suspected smugglers on the Siirt-Eruh road when gunfire was opened from inside the car.
One of the suspects fled the scene while the other was found dead inside the car from which the fire was opened.
An investigation has been launched into the incident and gendarmerie forces have started a search in order to find the runaway suspect.
According to officials, the cause of death of the man found inside the car, and whether he was killed in the shootout or by the other suspect, will be determined after an autopsy is conducted.
A funeral ceremony was held on Tuesday for Torgut in front of the Siirt Governor’s Office before his body was sent to his hometown in Turkey’s eastern province of Elazig, where he will be buried.
Last week, a police officer was injured in an armed attack while approaching a group of 25 people attacking MOBESE CCTV cameras in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.
Officer Mehmet Salih T. was hospitalised after the incident and is now said to be in good condition. An investigation has been launched in order to find the assailants who are believed to have connections with the outlawed PKK.