Lawyer’s son gunned down

Lawyer’s son gunned down

MASERU – TAU Khauoe, the son of a late prominent lawyer, knocked down a security agent and resisted to be handcuffed before he was gunned down on Saturday, sources have told thepost.
Khauoe, whose father was a well-known advocate, was allegedly shot dead during a joint operation by the police and the army.
Sources close to the matter said the security forces were on a joint operation in Motimposo on the outskirts of the capital Maseru when the incident happened.
Seven soldiers and five police officers were manning the operation on the fateful night, sources said.

As part of the operation, bars adjacent to the road were raided while people were thoroughly searched by security agents who were searching for dangerous weapons such as guns and knives.
The raid then shifted to the roadside, where cars were stopped and people were searched.
A convoy of cars queued as the search process continued and a police car’s blue lamp signalled to motorists that an operation was underway, sources said.

Sources said Khauoe jumped the queue and drove past the other cars lining up to be searched at the checkpoint before knocking down an officer identified as Private Tšepang Moloi, who was in the middle of the road as the incident unfolded.
Moloi sustained some facial injuries.

“It could have been terrible if he did not have his helmet on. He was saved by the helmet,” said one source, referring to Pvt Moloi.
Pvt Moloi was rushed to Makoanyane Military Hospital where he was treated as an out-patient.
Other security agents rushed to arrest Khauoe, but he allegedly refused to be handcuffed, the source said.

“He bluntly told the police on duty that they are notorious for beating up people”, one source said, adding that Khauoe became belligerent and brandished a gun.
“It was at that moment that the deceased met his unfortunate death right on the spot,” said one source.
Security agents recovered a licensed 9mm firearm which was loaded, said sources.

The gun was confiscated by the police’s Criminal Investigation Division for further investigations.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli did not have further details regarding the matter, saying he had just returned from leave.
He said the incident happened when he was not in office.

When contacted before going to print, Senior Inspector Rantoane Motsoetla declined to comment saying he was no longer the acting police spokesperson.
“We do not have two public relations officers at the police,” Motsoetla said.

Majara Molupe

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