Police officer fatally shoots suspect during undercover operation

Police officer fatally shoots suspect during undercover operation

The Namibian Police has refuted the ongoing social media allegations that John Dauseb, age unknown, was killed by a Namibia Defence Force (NDF) member of the Kalahari Desert Operation. Dauseb was shot in the abdomen with a 9mm pistol during an undercover operation by on-duty Katutura police officers.
In a press release, the Namibian Police said, "the deceased was a wanted criminal who was on bail on a number of robbery cases.
"When the undercover officers learnt of his whereabouts, they went there to effect a lawful arrest. However, the suspect was unruly and resisting arrest. In the process, the officer was attacked by the deceased with an unknown object on the right hand where he sustained an injury."
The police further stated that the deceased allegedly continued to threaten and attack the officer, to which the officer fired a warning shot.
"However, the deceased was not deterred but pursued to attack the officer and threatening to kill the officer.
"To avoid further stabbing and injuries as the officer was allegedly cornered by the suspect, the officer defended himself and thus shot the suspect," said police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi in a statement to the media.
The officer received treatment for injuries sustained and is reported to be in a stable condition.
The deceased's next of kin is informed. The case is registered and under investigation by the internal investigation directorate.
Nampol further state that this is an unfortunate and regrettable incident, which could have been avoided had the suspect cooperated with the officers.
Nampol also call on the public to cooperate when approached by law enforcement enforcers. "Fighting, threatening, injuring and undermining the officers in the execution of their duties serves no purpose, it is a wrong approach because in most cases it always turns out disastrous.
"It must be avoided at all times.
"When a suspect feels that there is a breach in the executing of the arrest, it can be addressed at the station," said Shikwambi.