Another Papuan resident shot and killed by 'cop'
(Antara)Another resident of Jayapura, Papua is dead and is suspected of having being shot and killed at 8:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, barely hours after a unknown shooter had taken the life of a civil servant the night before.
The victim's family members allege that the shooter is a member of the Jayapura Police. They are currently blocking traffic, demanding that authorities take responsibility for their loved one's death.
According to family members, the victim, Teyu Tabuni, was playing cards and dominoes with his friends when a police officer suddenly started chasing Teyu and fired shots at him.
Jayapura Police, however, denied that one of their members had killed Teyu.
Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Alfred Papare said that Teyu's cause of death was due to head injuries sustained from falling down when he was trying to escape from authorities who were trying to arrest him.
"A police officer who was patrolling had received a report that there were three residents who were causing trouble. The member came to the area in question, searched the bodies of the three suspects and found two kitchen knives and a cassowary bone shaped like a knife," Alfred said on Thursday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.
"One of the suspects tried to run away, so our officer fired three warning shots. The suspect ran towards a river, fell and probably hit his head on a rock."
Teyu's body is currently in a hospital morgue awaiting an autopsy to establish the exact cause of death. (png)