A police constable was killed and four others were injured in a shooting incident near a bank in Piliyandala, police said.
According to police spokesman, the shooting occurred a short while ago on Tuesday evening.
An unidentified person who arrived in a motorcycle had opened fire at the cops, it was reported. The deceased has been identified as a cop attached to the Police Narcotics Bureau. Police say three bystanders were also injured during the shooting.
The police added that an investigation is underway to identify and arrest the involved suspects.
The injured persons have been admitted to the Colombo South hospital for treatment.