Off-duty police officer shoots robbery suspect

08 May 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) - An off-duty police officer shot and injured a man who was trying to rob a woman in the Wanaheda residential area of the capital on Friday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Matheus said during the Sunday crime briefing the 31-year-old Namibian Police sergeant saw two men grab a woman and tear off her clothes in search of valuables between the Kambwa Bar and the City Police offices in Wanaheda.
He fired warning shots and when the suspects tried to flee the scene, the police officer fired another shot, which struck one of the men.
The 22-year-old shooting victim was admitted to the Katutura State Hospital in a serious but stable condition. The other suspect fled the scene unhurt.
Matheus thus called on the woman who was robbed, members of the public who witnessed the robbery or anyone with information regarding the incident, to contact the police.
In another incident, another 22-year-old man was shot dead when he and an accomplice tried to flee from a taxi on Saturday in the Okuruyangava residential area. The taxi driver fired at them and hit one in the lower back. The man was pronounced dead on the scene. The taxi driver fled the scene and is still at large.
Documents found in possession of the deceased person helped the police identify him. His next of kin are not informed yet.
The police in the Omusati Region are investigating an armed robbery after four men held a victim at gun and knifepoint, and got away with close to N.dollars 39 500 at the Uukuvu village in the Okahao area on Friday.
The police managed to recover close to N.dollars 34 400 that same day. Two suspects, aged 29 and 31, were arrested. They are expected to appear in the Okahao Magistrate’s Court on Monday.