Drunk cop shoots shop assistant

Lae News, Normal

The National – Monday, January 3, 2011


A SHOPKEEPER in Lae has filed a complaint with police internal investigations after receiving a bullet wound.

The woman, Anna Joe, from Chimbu, was serving customers at an all-night fast food outlet at Omili last Wednesday morning when the incident happened.

She said a man believed to be a policeman and three of his friends, which she assumed were colleagues had accused people of  stealing a bag from the car.

She said the policemen were not in uniform and were under the influence of liquor.

Joe said a policeman got angry and pulled out his pistol and started shooting into the air and eventually fired a bullet to a small operating kai bar near the road.

She said the bullet penetrated the food warmer warmer’s glass and hit her on her left breast.

She was rushed to Angau Memorial Hospital by military officers who had driven in immediately later.

The food bar’s owner, Toka Gurame said the police officer and his three colleagues were heavily intoxicated and were off duty at the time of the incident. 

“Such actions by police officers are not acceptable in the community and also their behaviour is out of line,” Gurame said.

He added that they had to take the matter to the police so that the officer could be held liable for his actions.  

Anna is now undergoing her x-ray scans and medical treatment and will go for regular check ups and reviews.