Shots fired

12 April 2018 | Local News

Barry de Klerk – The Windhoek City Police have their hands full dealing with different crimes and traffic related issues on a daily basis and last Friday evening was no different.

Windhoek Express joined the City Police, Camp David and Kosmos 94.1 on their Friday evening Copps programme. Copps is used to make the police and their dealings visible, while focusing on serving and protecting residents of the city. The programme lets listeners dial in to report traffic offences or crimes while the Copps team investigates.

Friday evening started slow with no major call-outs during the first 30 minutes of the programme.

The first major incident was a woman who reported a case of gender-based violence at the police station. She requested the police’s assistance to help her get away from her husband. Officers responded immediately and they helped her work out a way to get away from her partner.

Thereafter an attempted suicide in the Academia / Pionierspark area followed: A pedestrian tried to jump off a bridge in the area, but City Police officers managed to talk him down and take him into their care.

Thereafter the team patrolled the streets of the southern and western suburbs.

A call was received from Goreangab about an alleged shoot-out. The team made their way to the scene were evidence of the shooting was collected. The victim was taken to hospital to be treated after the suspect shot him between the legs during an altercation.

According to the suspect, the victim owed him money and after they met up at a shebeen, a fight broke out between them. The victim was admitted to hospital in a stable condition and the suspect handed himself over to the police.

After the City Police finished writing their report, the team left for an accident in which a bakkie drove into a garage in Pionierspark. According to the driver, he tried to overtake another vehicle, but after slightly bumping against the other car, he lost control. The bakkie swerved and ended up in the garage. Three cars and the garage were damaged during the accident. No serious injuries were reported. The Pionierspark Neighbourhood Watch and City Police officers at the scene helped with the clearing up and to avoid a traffic jam.

The team ended the evening by patrolling through the northern and eastern parts of the city.

The City Police warns residents not to walk around late at night as it may not be safe. They also urge drivers to make alternative arrangements if they have consumed alcohol.

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