A 23-year-old police officer of Lundazi has shot himself dead while on duty at Finance Bank Zambia branch.
Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said constable Morice Nkhoma killed himself by discharging ammunition in his mouth in the afternoon today.
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that I hereby wish to confirm the fact of death by suicide this afternoon of a police officer based at Lundazi Police Station. No. 44035. Const. NKHOMA Morice, aged 23, of House no. C42 Lundazi Police Station, was at 07:30hrs today assigned to Finance Bank on guard duties and whilst on duty around 14:15hrs, he pushed the barrel of his AK 47 Rifle into his mouth and pulled the trigger thereby fatally wounding himself. The bullet projected out through the middle of his head scalp,” Chilufya stated.
He stated that bank officials immediately reported the matter to police, who found Nkhoma in a pool of blood and gasping.
“He was rushed to Lundazi District Hospital, but passed on at about 15: 45hrs. The body has been deposited in the hospital morgue awaiting postmortem. He is survived by a wife and one child. Reasons prompting the officer’s action are yet to be understood,” stated Chilufya.