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October 17, 2021
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Hanuabada Shooting Investigation Nearing Completion

The investigation into the Hanuabada shooting on January 23, 2015 is nearing its completion.

The alleged police shooting claimed the lives of two men from Hanuabada in the National Capital District.

Crimes Commissioner, Victor Isouve, said a police officer has already been identified, and an arrest will be made soon after the completion of the investigation.

The investigation into the shooting has been described as a dull and long running criminal investigation.

It took police 20 months to, almost, complete the investigation.

Isouve today confirmed that the only thing left is the ballistic matching between the bullet that was taken out of the victim’s body, and the bullet casings retrieved from the crime scene.

Once forensic and ballistic tests are completed, the police officer suspected of discharging the firearm will be arrested.

Isouve said police investigations take longer to complete because witness statements and forensic examinations need to be compiled accurately, to make the case successful in court.

Meanwhile, in a similar matter five suspects who are also police officers, implicated in the Tatana shooting last year, have been arrested and charged.

A sixth is soon to be arrested and charged as well.

Isouve said budget constraints have always been an issue that left police with unfinished investigations and court cases.

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