A 28-year-old man allegedly on the run after killing the husband of his Indonesian girlfriend was arrested by police at a checkpoint at Tanjung Malim in Perak, Malaysia, on October 27.

The man is accused of shooting a 32-year-old Indonesian named Zubir in the head from five meters distance using a rifle he built himself at a farm in Muadzam Shah, Pahang on October 24, the Guang Ming Daily reported in Malaysia.

The victim was rushed to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA) in Kuantan, Pahang, but was certified as dead by noon the next day.

Preliminary police inquiries revealed that the defendant had started a romantic relationship with a married Indonesian woman five months ago. He was reportedly furious after learning from her that she could be heading back to her home country with her husband.

The defendant allegedly told police that his murder plan was inspired by a love-affair plot he reportedly read in a novel recently.

At the crime scene, police recovered a homemade rifle, three bullets, a blank cartridge and a screwdriver. Two people, aged 48 and 32, were also detained to “assist” the police investigation.