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Police to fire back if, take other measures to curb crimes

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MONROVIA-The Liberian National Police (LNP) officials has said police on duty could return fire if they are shot at in observance of the rules of engagement.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gregory Coleman, stressed that the police will commence regular checks of vehicles and individuals, by posing armed police officers in communities to be visible.

“The police will return fire if they are shot at and it will be done in observance of the rules of engagement, which will justify the shooting,” the Police authorities said.

The police said serious consequences against criminals committing violent crimes against peaceful citizens across the country and that the action will justify the shooting.

The police warning comes in the wake of twin armed robbery incidents in the New Kru Town and the 11th Street community in Monrovia, where the victims lost their lives.

The LNP hierarchy, Saturday, December 31, 2016, made the separate disclosure of measures being instituted to curtail armed robbery in the country at a press Conference in Monrovia.

Those in attendance including IGP, Gregory Coleman, Deputy IGP for Administration, William Mulbah and Deputy IGP for Operations, Abraham Kromah.

The IGP further disclosed that autopsy has been completed on the bodies of 4-year old Alvin Moses and 7-year old Reuben Paye, who were discovered dead in a vehicle on the Roberts field Highway in December 2015.

It can be recalled that the two kids were found dead in a motor vehicle after being searched for many hours.

IGP Coleman also said that that autopsy has been completed on the bodies of the couple recently found dead in their house while visiting Liberia from Minnesota, in the United States of America.

The Inspector General said final reports of the recent autopsies conducted will shortly be made public.

In a related development, the Liberia National Police has charged 19 year old Decontee Garley for allegedly murdering her eight- month old son, Devine Moore. The accused is a dweller of Jallah Town.

The LNP charge sheet discovered that on the afternoon of December 21, 2016, Decontee allegedly gave the child a dangerous liquid substance.

The charge sheets quotes the defendant as admitting to have giving little Devine Moore, a liquid substance from a small Clorax bottle

Police findings also revealed the defendant, Decontee’s mother, Victoria Yonly, admitted giving her daughter LD 20.00 to buy doughnut for the deceased but later heard him crying in his mother (Decontee’s) room.

Police preliminary investigations also indicated that the child died from cardiopulmonary complication of toxic ingestion. Defendant has since been remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison pending trial. Murder is a non-billable offence.


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