The police said that the lorry was transporting cattle in an illegal manner.
Based on a tip-off, the police received at dawn today, a group of police officers from the Galle Police had been waiting at a checkpoint to seize the lorry.
However, when the truck was ordered to stop: it ignored the police and continued its journey.
As a result, the police said they were compelled to open fire at the truck.
It is reported that following the shooting, the lorry driver and his assistant had fled the area.
Police noted that three of the animals had died following the shooting.