A suspect who was arrested over a recent drive-by shooting incident, drowned while in Police custody.
The suspect had sought permission to go to the toilet near the Dandugama Oya but had then jumped into the river and tried to escape but drowned, the Police said.
The suspect was arrested after a woman who was travelling in a motorcar was shot dead in the Weligampitiya junction in Ja-Ela recently.
The Police said that she was killed by gunmen who were traveling in a vehicle.
The gunmen had targeted another vehicle but the vehicle driven by the woman had been caught in the crossfire.
She was travelling with a child at the time of the shooting but the child was unhurt. (Colombo Gazette)