NamPoL officer shoots and injures person in Wanaheda

WINDHOEK; A senior member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) allegedly shot and injured a civilian in the capital’s Wanaheda residential area on Thursday morning.

The incident took place between 07h30 and 08h30.

The victim, who was injured in the shoulder, was taken to the Katutura State Hospital for medical treatment.

Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa this morning that members of both the City Police and NamPol were busy conducting a joint roadblock operation in the Otjomuise area when one driver – who is the shooting victim – allegedly failed to stop at the roadblock.

He sped away from the roadblock, heading towards the Wanaheda residential area, and police officers chased after him.

After having crossed the traffic lights at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Otjomuise Road, the victim allegedly stopped his car in an open area and started running into a nearby riverbed.

At that moment, a senior NamPol officer who was standing in the vicinity waiting for his transport to work, joined in the chase.

This officer allegedly fired several warning shots into the air, but the victim continued running.

He then fired another shot, which hit the victim in the shoulder.

The suspect was apprehended by the police, and later taken to the Katutura State Hospital.

Police investigations are now underway to establish the exact circumstances which forced the man to drive off from the roadblock, as well as the shooting incident, said Kanguatjivi.