Suspect killed during break in
The officer remains on duty as the incident took place while he was on duty and he acted in self-defence.
“It is a very complicated situation; remember, it was done when the officer was on duty. The Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa will make a decision. The matter is being investigated thoroughly,” Kanime said.
According to him, the incident took place in the early hours of the morning at about 02:18 in the Zone 7 area of Herero Mall, while City Police officials were patrolling.
“They were called to attend to a housebreaking at the bar at Herero Mall. It was further reported that the suspect was still inside the bar.
“Upon the officers’ arrival, they sealed off the place to make sure the suspect does not escape. Attempts to convince the suspect to hand himself over to the police proved futile,” Kanime said.
Danger to his life
Kanime told Namibian Sun the police officer fired a shot “in self-defence” because “the suspect charged towards him with a sharp object”.
“The owner of the bar arrived and she opened the door so that the suspect can come out. When the door was opened, the suspect came out charging towards the officer while armed with a sharp object, and the officer had to defend himself as there was eminent danger to his life.
“He fired a shot to avert the attack towards him. The suspect was shot in the abdomen. The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance but he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries,” Kanime said.