Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:17:52 +0000
By ROGERS KALERO
Police in Chililabombwe have shot dead a suspected Congolese criminal after an exchange of fire in Minestone area of Chililabombwe district.
Copperbelt Police Chief Charity Katanga confirmed the incident which happened on Saturday when police officers were carrying out patrols in the area.
Ms Katanga said suspected Congolese criminals were planning to stage a robbery in Minestone area when police officers on patrol ambushed them and shot dead one of them after they had earlier fired at the police officers.
“When these suspected Congolese criminals were ambushed, they fired at the police officers and in return the police fired back killing one of them who had an AK47 rifle. One of the criminals managed to get the fire arm from the one who was shot.
“So I can confirm that police in Chililabombwe on Saturday shot dead a suspected Congolese criminal after an exchange of fire in Minestone area of Chililabombwe district. His body is lying in Kakoso hospital,” Ms Katanga said.
Ms Katanga said police officers recovered a knife, torch and Techno phone from the dead criminal.
The Copperbelt Police Chief said following the increased rate of aggravated robberies in Chililabombwe, police in the area have intensified patrols to wipe out criminals who want to be terrorizing residents.
She also said residents in the area should also support the efforts of the police by reporting suspicious looking people in the area so that they can face the law.
“As police in Chililabombwe, we have resolved to wipe out criminals in the area who have been terrorizing residents in the area, but then, residents should not harbour criminals, but report them to police so that they can be dealt with,” she said.