The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
POLICE in Alotau, Milne Bay, have arrested a suspect this week over the recent killing of probationary constable David Opa.
Another suspect has surrendered to police, while four others are still on the run.
Assistant Commissioner of Police for Southern region Allen Kundi said police made the arrest on Tuesday.
“One of the suspects was apprehended for the death of the young police officer,” Kundi said.
“The next suspect, a son of a former policeman, voluntarily surrendered to police and he will be arrested.
“Four suspects are still on the run and we won’t give in until all of them are rounded up.”
The arrest of the first two suspects came after a week of intense investigation into the death of Opa who was shot while pursuing a gang of armed robbers.
It was alleged six men held up a service station at Alotau Enterprises and left in a hired car with a substantial amount of money.
Opa and a reserve police officer gave chase towards Aioma. The robbers then allegedly ambushed the pursuing officers and in the ensuing exchange, Opa was shot dead and a reserve officer was wounded.
Kundi commended his officers and thanked the public for their cooperation in providing information about and appealed for more support to track down the remaining suspects.
He said police had liaised with the Central police to be on the lookout to prevent the remaining suspects from crossing the border.
Opa was from Kaupena, Imbonggu district, Southern Highlands. His funeral service would be held at the Bomana Police College this week.