Police to probe shoot-out

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WINDHOEK – Police will launch an investigation to determine whether the police officers, who allegedly shot to death a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), acted negligently.

Inspector Stephan Nuuyi of the Namibian Police Public Relations Division announced the planned investigation. An off duty Namibian Defence Force member, 32-years-old Naftali Natangwe was shot dead on Saturday in Wahaheda following a shootout with police officers, Nuuyi informed the media on Sunday. Nuuyi explained that Natangwe allegedly fired shots at a bar in the Greenwell Matongo area. He then left the bar, but was followed at a safe distance by an off-duty police officer, who had also alerted other police officers, who were on duty, about the incident.

Natangwe was dropped off in Wanaheda by a taxi, and when he saw the police officers approaching him, he started shooting at them and the police returned fire, Nuuyi elaborated. He was shot and declared dead at the scene, Nuuyi said.

Nuuyi also said that in Katutura, 33-year-old Ngariame Kakuritjire, died after he was stabbed in the chest while trying to intervene in an argument between a woman and the suspect in his death.

Eyewitnesses said the suspect quarrelled with a woman and Kakuritjire, who had been at a neighbour’s house, came over to intervene in the argument and was stabbed by the suspect.

The suspect fled the scene, but was arrested later on Saturday. He is apparently a Nigerian national who is married to a Namibian woman.


By Tunomukwathi Asino