The National – Thursday, December 23, 2010
By JEFFREY ELAPA
POLICE in Madang have shot dead another suspect on Tuesday, a few days after another suspect was shot last Friday.
Provincial police commander Supt Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed that the second shooting occurred near the Jomba stores in the New Town area at around 5.45pm.
He said a police task force unit was on routine patrol as there been continuous armed robberies on shops and individuals and carjacking.
He said the police unit sighted suspicious looking youths and decided to stop to do a random check.
As they were trying to stop, the now deceased suspect started to run with his gun exposed to the public.
Bystanders fled after realising what was happening.
Wagambie said police gave chase on foot and tried to stop him.
Because he was armed, they fired a warning shot to stop him but the suspect jumped into a ditch and right in the bullet’s path. He was shot in the abdomen.
Wagambie said he was immediately rushed to the Modilon General Hospital but died later in the evening.
He said criminal investigation division officers found in his possession a homemade gun with and ammunition.
Meanwhile, he warned relatives and gang members of the previous shooting to stop issuing threats against the police as they will not hesitate to enforce law upon them.
He said police in Madang, especially the rapid response unit, had stepped up operations even with the limited resources and manpower, and warned people that they would not hesitate to dealwith people armed with dangerous weapons and committing offences.
“I warn all those who want to be involved in criminal activities not to do so, they will face the consequences of their own actions.
“You may have gotten away many times before, after committing offences, but, time will catch up with you sooner or later,” Wagambie said.