Tsumkwe police constable allegedly shoots himself accidentally

29 Sep 2013 04:50
OTJIWARONGO, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - A member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) who was stationed in the Tsumkwe area died after allegedly shooting himself accidentally while on duty on Saturday.
The Otjozondjupa Region’s acting Police Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono confirmed the shooting incident on Sunday morning.
Mavenjono said the 22-year-old constable and other members of the police force were on their way to the Dobe Border Post from the Nyae Nyae Police Sub-station at around 18h30 when the incident occurred.
The Dobe Border Post is situated 53 kilometres east of Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region and connects Namibia and Botswana.
Mavenjono said the deceased and two other police officers had occupied the front seat of a NamPol Land Cruiser.
“The deceased constable sat in the middle. Shortly before their vehicle made a turn in the direction of the border post, an R5 assault police gun assigned to the deceased went off accidentally,” he explained.
Mavenjono said the bullet struck the deceased on the right side of his neck, passing through his right ear.
The constable was then transported to the Tsumkwe Medical State Clinic where he was pronounced dead.
His next of kin were yet to be informed of his death by Sunday morning.
According to Mavenjono, police officers from the Otjiwarongo Police’s Internal Police Investigation Unit have been dispatched to Tsumkwe to investigate the incident.
The police investigations into the matter continue.