American businessman shot dead at Otjiwarongo

13 Apr 2015 10:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 13 APR (NAMPA) – A 56-year-old American businessman was shot dead at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region by an unknown person in the early hours of Monday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the incident to Nampa in an interview on Monday morning.
His identity, although known to Nampa, cannot be released as his next of kin are yet to be informed.
Mbeha said the deceased owned an automotive diesel mechanical engineering company, which repairs private and Government vehicles.
She said the incident occurred between Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday morning.
“He was shot dead at his residence in the forehead and under the jaw at close range by an unknown person,” said Mbeha.
The police officer said the suspect had first smashed the front left window of the deceased’s Ford Ranger pick-up with a brick.
The car was parked outside the businessman's residence.
Mbeha explained that after the vehicle’s window was smashed, the suspect opened the front left door of the vehicle, which set off the car's alarm.
It is alleged that the deceased was awoken by the alarm, and fired two shots through his bedroom window to scare away the suspect.
“Since the door of his vehicle was still open, the deceased decided to come out of the house to close it,” she said.
As the businessman walked towards the vehicle, the suspect who was apparently lurking nearby, opened fire on him at close range.
The business man was shot twice. He fell onto his stomach and died on the spot.
The deceased’s pistol was found lying next to him, while his car keys were found in his right hand.
No arrest has been made in connection with the incident and police investigations continue.