THE 44-year-old Louw Opperman died tragically on Christmas Eve while he was busy cleaning a .22 rifle at his home in Nkhoiseb Street in the Kleine Kuppe residential area of Windhoek.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police, the accident occurred at about 08:00 on Thursday morning.
“It is alleged that unbeknownst to the victim there was still a live round in the chamber of the rifle when he started cleaning it. The shot went off and the bullet struck him the chest,” the report states.
According to the report, the victim died instantly.
Opperman is survived by his wife Carien and two sons, Bradley and JL.
No foul play is suspected at the moment and the unfortunate death will be treated as an inquest.