THE Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga congratulated the officers and civilians responsible for capturing the two men involved in the shooting of André Shepherd on the farm Gemsbokoord near Outjo.
General Ndeitunga said the hard work and relentless search for the suspects delivered an excellent result.
“As police officers we do our best to prevent crime but when a crime is committed we have to act decisively and with commitment to bring the culprits responsible to justice. The result of this case should indicate to every person in the country that the Namibian Police is committed to maintain law and order and ensure the safety and security of the country,” he said.
Since the arrest of the suspects late on Tuesday afternoon it has been established by investigators that both of the men involved in the attempted murder were fellow employees of their victim. Shepherd was employed as a foreman on the farm.
According to the Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas, the motive for the assassination attempt still has to be established.
Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo said that since the arrest of the suspects detectives determined that they broke into the foreman’s house on the farm some time during Friday evening where they stole the firearm and ammunition with which Shepherd was shot along with some other valuable items.
“They also stole one of the vehicles with which they attempted to flee from the initial crime scene. The vehicle ran out of fuel before they could leave the farm and they abandoned it.”
Shepherd was on his way back home from Outjo on Monday evening when the attack occurred.
While driving on the access road to the farm house, Shepherd was forced to bring his vehicle to a halt after he found his way blocked by tree branches and large rocks. He got out of the vehicle to clear away the debris obstructing the road. He was shot in the chest as he was about to get back into his vehicle to drive off.
It is alleged that the suspects were hiding in the nearby bushes or on a rocky outcrop close to where the road was blocked.
According to Deputy Commissioner Andreas that after their arrest the suspects were charged with house breaking and theft, theft of a motor vehicle and attempted murder.
They are scheduled to make their first appearance on the charges in the Outjo Magistrate’s Court later today.