Suspected robber dies during shooting

04 Jul 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – A man suspected to have been involved in the robbery of the Standard Bank Namibia branch at Nkurenkuru died instantly on Tuesday after a shooting between the suspects and members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol).
The robbery which took place during the early hours of Monday was reported on Tuesday, after which a NamPol investigation was launched.
According to a report issued by NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi on Wednesday, members of NamPol and the Windhoek City Police pursued the suspects from the Windhoek-Okahandja road traffic checkpoint.
“When the suspects arrived at the traffic checkpoint, they sped off in their vehicle but abandoned it later and continued to flee on foot, before opening fire on the lawmakers,” Shikwambi added.
According to the statement, the officers retaliated by firing back, in an act of self-defence, shooting and killing one of the suspects instantly.
The deceased has been identified 37-year-old Tyles Uugwanga, whose next of kin have been informed about his death.
The officers managed to arrest another 45-year-old suspect, while four others fled into the nearby farms.
Shikwambi gave her assurance that NamPol is still in pursuit of the fleeing suspects.
Meanwhile, a murder case against the officer is being investigated by NamPol’s Internal Investigation Department.
(NAMPA)
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