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Sierra Leone News: Shooting in Congo Market – Police investigating

Investigators at the New England Police Station are currently looking into an alleged shooting incident and injuries on Sankey Street, near Congo Market, late on Monday 7th January 2019, involving a Police officer and an employee of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Medical Stores Department. “The Police are investigating an alleged shooting and minor bodily harm involving a police officer and an employee of the health ministry over an altercation,” confirmed the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Kelfala Bangura, Officer-in-Charge at the New England Ville Police Station. According to Police reports, two drivers arrived at the same area driving in opposite directions. One of the cars was driven by a police officer accompanied by his wife. They faced each other while negotiating the narrow street. An altercation ensued between the opposing drivers. According to an eyewitness account, the Police Officer was asked to reverse his vehicle to give way for the oncoming vehicle. The standoff resulted in a heated argument between the two drivers. A crowd had gathered and intervened when the argument escalated. The eyewitness alleged that the police officer later removed his short-range pistol and fired three bullets. In the melee, a bystander was slightly injured. A young man was injured on the right hand. Two others also suffered minor bruises and scrapes. The eyewitness added that onlookers disarmed the police officer and took him to the New England Police for investigation. According to Police reports the officer was beaten by vigilante onlookers before being taken to the police station. The officer, who’s name is being withheld, suffered severe injuries. According to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Kelfala Bangura, the officer was disarmed and brought to the Police Station by residents of Congo Market after the incident. AIG Bangura also disclosed that the matter will also be investigated by the Police Complaints Board and the Complaint, Discipline and Internal Investigation Division (CDDID) of the Sierra Leone Police.

SB/9/1/19

By Saidu Bah

Thursday January 10, 2019.

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