Two officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and Executive Protection Service (EPS) have been disrobed by their respective entities for their involvements into two separate shooting incidents leading to the deaths of two individuals.
According to the Police, it has with immediate effect disrobed and turned over an officer of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), James Togba, in connection to a shooting incident that occurred in the Fuel Oil Community, Point Four, Bushrod Island.
On late July 4, 2022 at 7PM, the Police administration disclosed receiving information of one of its officers, James Togba being allegedly involved with a shooting incident which left one person, Olando Bloh, 37, a resident of New Kru Town dead.
The police added that the victim was taken at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead on arrival by doctor on duty.
The disrobed officer, as stated by the LNP, is presently detained at the Police headquarters while undergoing investigation.
The LNP administration declared that it has already reached out to the family of the deceased victim and extended its sympathy, while assuring them that justice will be served.
Meanwhile, Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue, responding to reports of the shooting, expressed dismay and vowed to ensure that the officer involved will be duly investigated and made to face the full weight of the law.
For its part, the Executive Protection Service (EPS), upon the order of Director Trokon N. Roberts, agent Patrick Kollie has, with immediate effect, been disrobed and turned over to the Liberia National Police for investigation. The EPS action is in connection to the shooting incident that took place during the early afternoon hours of Monday, July 4, 2022 in the Police Academy Community in Paynesville city.
The shooting incident left one person dead with the corpse currently deposited at the John F. Kennedy hospital. The EPS said it has disrobed agent Kollie to allow a smooth police interrogation.
The EPS stated in a press statement: “The Executive Protection Service (EPS) extends its sincere condolences to the bereaved family of the late Valentine T. Johnson who died as a result of a shooting incident involving one of its agents, Patrick Kollie. The incident reportedly took place on the Police Academy road during the early hours of July 4, 2022.”
Circumstances surrounding the shooting incident are being currently investigated by the Liberia National Police while the alleged suspect remains in Police custody.
Agent Kollie reportedly used his assigned arm to commit the murder. He was assigned to the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Mr. Bill Twehway.
The deceased, according to report, was riding a motorbike along with two other unidentified people when Agent Kollie chased him with a car and shot him. He died on the scene.
An eyewitness identified as Martin Gbaintor said the incident took place at noon on Monday when the alleged perpetrator, Patrick Kollie was chasing two men.
He noted that the EPS officer did not shoot in the direction of the two men he was chasing but rather shot in the opposite direction with the bullet hitting the victim, Valentine Johnson which led to his instant death.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, the deceased family vowed to remain resolute until they get justice for the death of their beloved one.
Hans Beyan, family spokesman, expressed confidence in the ability of police to ensure that their late brother will get justice as the police have gathered every fact leading to the incident. He said further that the family is working out modalities to ensure that the remains of Johnson are taken from JFK morgue.