Policeman arrested for shooting to death complainant

Police in Dowa have arrested a trigger happy cop, Constable Simon Katonda, for shooting to death a man who came to file complaint at Chezi Police unit in Dowa district.

Constable Simon Katonda who hails from Kambalame village, Traditional Authority Mavwere in Mchinji was arrested at Chezi police unit.

Dowa Police Public Relations Officer Richard Kaponda said the deceased was shot in the stomach and died on the spot.

Shoot to death

Shoot to death

“Information so far gathered is that the police officer was on duty with his fellow police officer who at the time of the incident was not around. Seven people including the deceased came to the station to complain about a certain case that had occurred in their village, Mgaga.

“Then a gun was fired, one bullet was released and landed on the stomach of the deceased and killed him on spot,” Kaponda said.

Postmortem conducted at Dowa District hospital revealed that death was due to heavy loss of blood caused by the gunshot wound.

The suspect is currently in police custody and will appear in court soon to answer a murder charge that is contrary to section 209 of the penal code.

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