Police officer allegedly shoots mother-in-law at Tsumeb

OTJIWARONGO; A 40-year-old police officer allegedly shot his 59-year-old mother-in-law in her stomach on Sunday morning at his house in the Nomtsoub suburb in Tsumeb.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Oshikoto Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua said the warrant officer was trying to scare off suspected thieves.

She told Nampa on Sunday that the police officer had fired one shot from his private pistol in the direction of people who were trying to steal plastic chairs at about 02h00.

Katjiua said the bullet instead hit the police officer’s mother-in-law who was asleep in a tent outside the house.

“She was shot on the left side of her stomach and the suspected thieves fled the scene,” said the deputy commissioner.

A case of attempted murder was opened against the police officer, Katjiua said, adding that was not arrested, as he did not shoot his mother-in-law unintentionally.

The wounded woman was taken to the Tsumeb State Hospital and later transferred to the Grootfontein State Hospital in a stable condition.

Police investigations into the matter continue.