WINDHOEK: Windhoek City Police officers shot (wounded) and arrested two robbery suspects at a house in Khomasdal around 14h00 on Tuesday.
The two suspects, in their early thirties, allegedly broke into a house in Windhoek’s Khomasdal residential area by forcing the safety gate and the main door open with unidentified sharp objects.
The two suspects were busy collecting their loot from the house when passerby noticed them and alerted City Police officers who were on a routine patrol in the vicinity.
When approached by the officers, the suspects panicked and tried to run away, prompting the police to open fire.
One of the suspects was critically shot in the lower body, and by late Tuesday afternoon it was still not clear whether he would survive.
Both were treated by the Windhoek Emergency Services before they were taken to the Katutura State Hospital for further medical attention.
Windhoek City Police Senior Superintendent, Gerry Shikesho told Nampa Tuesday afternoon that criminals are very active and more daring this time of the year, as they take more chances even during broad daylight.
Shikesho said one of the suspects is a habitual offender, and is well known to the City Police.
In a separate incident earlier that same (Tuesday) morning, two suspects were also arrested by the City Police after they broke into another house in Khomasdal, near Parkfoods. The two were arrested after police fired warning shots in the air, as they tried to flee the scene of their crime. Both suspects are in their early twenties, and they are expected to appear before a court of law this week. In both cases, members of the community were responsible for alerting the City Police.