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Axe attacker arrested

Axe attacker arrested

Niël Terblanché

EMMANUEL ‘Imms’ Haulofu, who viciously attacked a police officer with an axe, was arrested at a house in the DRC location of Swakopmund after he was diligently hunted by members of the public and detectives from the Namibian Police.


The head of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Shikwambi, confirmed the arrest and thanked the public for their cooperation in tracking down the man that seriously injured the police officer during the arrest of his brother.


According to Deputy Commissioner Shikwambi, the vicious attack on the police officer occurred on Wednesday when members stationed at the Mondesa Police Station went to arrest Haulofu’s brother on charges of theft.


Axe attacker arrested Emmanuel Imms Haulofu attacked police officer DRC location Swakopmund
VICIOUS ATTACKER: Emmanuel ‘Imms’ Haulofu, was arrested in Swakopmund after he was diligently hunted by members of the public and detectives from the Namibian Police. – Photo: Courtesy of Nampol


“The wanted suspect saw the police car arriving and ran into the house. The three officers followed him inside and ordered him to come out but he refused. The suspect later got out of the house and was willing to get in the police van but his brother intervened and told him not to get into the van,” she said.


She said the brother disappeared for a while and when he suddenly returned he was armed with an axe.


“He attacked one of the officers and in the process struck him on the head with the blade. The suspects also smashed the police vehicle’s windows before fleeing from the scene of the attack,” she said.


According to Deputy Commissioner Shikwambi the seriously injured sergeant was rushed to the hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.


“As a result, more charges have been opened against the two brothers which include attempted murder, malicious damage to state property, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer in the execution of official duties,” she said.


She urged the public not to attack police officers and discouraged people from being unruly, uncooperative, provoking and insulting when confronted.


“The officers are there to enforce the law and simply need cooperation. Lawlessness, undermining of authority, obstructing officers in the execution of their duties cannot be tolerated.” Shikwambi stated.


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