A 23-YEAR-OLD Lundazi based police officer has committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth.
Eastern Province police commissioner Alex Chilufya said constable Maurice Nkhoma killed himself whilst on duty at Finance Bank 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 Maurice aged 23, of House no. C42 Lundazi Police Station, was at 07:30 hours today assigned to Finance Bank on guard duties and whilst on duty around 14:15hours, 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.
Chilufya stated that officers found Nkhoma in a pool of blood and gasping.
“He was rushed to Lundazi District Hospital but passed on at about 15:45 hours. 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.