SINGAPORE: Police said former police staff sergeant Iskandar Rahmat was an investigation officer who was removed from his position, as he was facing disciplinary proceedings.
The 34-year-old was deployed to perform administrative duties, and was barred from carrying arms.
Channel NewsAsia understands the proceedings were due to failure to declare his financial difficulties.
Civil servants have to make a yearly declaration that they are not "financially embarrassed" - meaning not undischarged bankrupts or facing debts.
Iskandar was arrested in connection with Wednesday’s double murder at Kovan.
An undated article on the Singapore Police Force website recounted a letter of appreciation for Iskandar from a Bedok resident, who had once complained about noise pollution in his neighbourhood.
The resident had commended his "outstanding work", adding Iskandar had also followed up on his promises to complainants.
The article also quoted the commanding officer saying Iskandar was "deserving of being the pride of Bedok North NPC".
The article has since been removed.
His Facebook page revealed a man close to his family, further evident by a note he wrote in 2010, a year after the death of his grandmother.
A family friend told Channel NewsAsia he is single, lives with his parents and sister, and supports them financially.
He is also understood to be a fan of vintage bikes. He owned a Vespa scooter, probably the same one he used to make his getaway across the Causeway.
Iskandar joined the police force in 1999, and is understood to have graduated with a police diploma last year. - CNA/xq
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