THE 34-year-old Benjamin Unanisa Kambombo, a wildlife smuggler who was found in possession of a live pangolin, was admitted to the State Hospital in Omaruru after he was shot in the foot during a violent standoff with police officers attempting to arrest him.
According to the report about the incident provided by Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the suspect started fighting with police officers when he was caught red handed with the animal in his possession. He attempted to sell the endangered animal with a street value of N$50 000 to undercover police officers on the outskirts of Omaruru on Wednesday.
“When the Police identified themselves, the suspect started to attack the officers and resisted arrest. He then attempted to flee on foot. The officers chased the suspect until he went into the yard of a house in town where he started to throw rocks at the police. They fired several warning shots but the standoff only ended when one of the officers shot him with a service pistol in the left foot.”
Besides being charged with possession of controlled wildlife and trading in controlled wildlife Kambombo was also charged with assault on a Police Officer while busy executing duties and resisting arrest.
The arrest of Kambombo led to police officers to a second suspect. In this regard 52-year-old man was arrested and is scheduled to appear in the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The second suspect did not resist arrest and was charged with possession of controlled wildlife and trading in controlled wildlife.
Kambombo was placed under police guard at the Omaruru State Hospital.