By MIRIAM ZARRIGA
A MAN is in police custody and investigations are underway after the home of a senior officer was sprayed with bullets by rouge policemen at Gerehu Police Barracks on Sunday.
The incident took place between 5 and 5.30pm while families were celebrating Fathers Day.
National Capital District/Central commander Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Anthony Wagambie confirmed the incident, saying: “Three to four men drove into the residence of Insp Robert Wane at the old Gerehu Police Barracks with intent to harm him.
“Insp Wane is part of the Policing the Police Taskforce that have teamed up with the Police Internal Affairs to investigate some sensitive cases in which some rogue police are involved.
“According to initial eyewitnesses, the group drove to the residence in a black SUV with tinted glass.
“A man dressed in blue police fatigue uniform came out of the vehicle with a high-powered firearm and started shooting.
“Luckily at the time Insp Wane and his family had left the residence and were at the Tasion Police Barracks close-by, across the road.
“The armed man broke into the house, brandishing the weapon.
“He may have had the intention to shoot someone or do harm. No one was in the house,” ACP Wagambie aid. “The community in the barracks started to mobilise, by this time the assailants drove out.”
ACP Wagambie said the man dressed in police uniform and firing the weapon had a hood on, making it difficult to identify him.
“The same group then shot a youth from East Sepik, wounding him in the leg.” ACP Wagambie said one of the suspects was arrested by police the same evening.
The suspect claimed to be a police reservist but investigations proved otherwise, an impersonator, ACP Wagambie said.
Relatives of the shot youth have laid a formal complaint at Gerehu police station. “I am warning any rogue police elements that we are not scared of you,” ACP Wagambie said. “You touch one and another 100 will come looking for you.
“I had warned my police personnel on my inaugural parade at Boroko police station that we will not tolerate corrupt, rogue officers.”
By MIRIAM ZARRIGA