Another EPS Agent opens fire: 2 persons reportedly wounded
Barely a week after an agent of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), the elite guards of the Liberian Presidency shot and killed a man identified as Valentine Teck Johnson near Police Academy Junction in Paynesville, another agent of the Service, reportedly intoxicated, has discharged live bullets at an entertainment center, wounding two persons.
Eyewitnesses from the Renaissance bar & Restaurant on Du-Port Road, Paynesville narrate that an EPS Agent identified as Uel T. Davies, went to the entertainment center on Saturday, 9 July and after getting drunk, fired several rounds of live bullets in the air, wounding two persons.
The victims, yet to be identified, are said to have been admitted in hospital, receiving medications.
An official press release issued by the Executive Protection Service on Monday, July 11, 2022, said by directive of the EPS boss, Trokon N. Roberts, Agent Uel T. Davies has been disrobed with immediate effect and turned over to the Liberia National Police for investigation.
“The shooting incident took place during the night hours of Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the Renaissance Bar and Restaurant on Du-port Road, outside Monrovia”, says the release issued by the Service.
When the New Dawn contacted Police Spokesman Moses Carter late Monday for comment, Carter did not respond.
About a week ago, EPS Agent Patrick Kollie, shot and killed motorcyclist Valentine Teck Johnson near Police Academy Junction in Paynesville.
Eyewitnesses narrate that the late Valentine Johnson was also a student of STARZ College of Science and Technology in Sinkor, Monrovia. He was shot while riding his motorbike towards the route of the Police Academy Junction.
One eyewitness, Philips Martin, narrates that four unidentified men were refreshing at an entertainment center around the Police Academy Junction during midnight hours on Sunday, July 3, 2022, when an alleged white Hyundai Jeep with security lights in front of the bonnet stopped, and the driver called out to two bystanders; for what exactly, Philips couldn’t account.
But he continues that while the two bystanders attempted responding to the driver’s call, one of them noticed that the driver was allegedly pulling out a gun from the side pocket of the car’s door, so he immediately alarmed his three friends and they fled.
According to Philips, the driver of the white Hyundai Jeep then disembarked and allegedly put his gun in readiness and discharged a warning shot in the air which “accidentally” hit Motorcyclist Valentine Teck Johnson in the head, instantly killing him.
Agent Kollie has been disrobed, charged with murder by Police and is currently in detention, pending trial.
At the same time, an officer in the Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) shot and killed one person at a ghetto in New Kru Town. He is being investigated by the Police. Story compiled by Jonathan Browne