A police depot commander in Paynesville Roosevelt Deman is reported to have shot and killed a 39 – year – old motorcycle operator Beyan Lamin, following a night – time chase on Sunday, 29 April over alleged violation of traffic regulation.
Police authorities have confirmed the incident, but say they will investigate the matter, taking into consideration all the rules laid down in regards to discharging firearm by officers.
Victim Lamin’s family says he was a former officer of Liberia National Police (LNP), but he turned to private business after being downsized from the police force during the previous government.
Officer Deman who commands the Tortoise Base Police Depot in Redlight, Paynsville is said to have encountered victim Lamin at the Parker Paint Intersection at night and informed the deceased that he was under arrest for violating government regulation banning motorcycles in the area.
The oldest daughter of the victim, Rachel Duo says while at their Portor Village residence on Sunday evening, her father Mr. Lamin received a phone call from a business partner to go and collect some money.
But Rachel narrates that they received a phone call from a relative around 10:00 PM on Sunday, informing them that Mr. Lamin had an accident because the caller did not want to disclose that he had been shot and killed.
She narrates that during the encounter at Parker Paint Intersection, Commander Deman allegedly insisted on taking Lamin, a former police officer to the Tortoise Base Police Depot along with his bike.
Rachel says her father pleaded with Officer Deman to take the motorbike alone and allow him to go home, but the officer allegedly refused.
As such, she says her father decided to escape to his oldest sister’s house in the Parker Paint Community, but Officer Deman chased him until both men arrived at Lamin’s sister’s house.
According to Rachel, Lamin’s sister and one of his elder brothers begged Officer Deman to take the bike and allow victim Lamin to remain with them until the next day, promising to turn him over.
Rachel adds that Commander Deman refused, thus leaving Lamin with no alternative but to attempt jumping into his sister’s. In the process of jumping in his sister’s house, witness Rachel claims that it was when Officer Deman allegedly shot victim Lamin in the back, instantly killing him on the spot due to profuse bleeding.
According to her, the shooting incident came shortly after the police commander allegedly requested the victim to open a hand bag he had with him. She alleges that upon opening the bag, they saw about L$100,000.00 and US$500.00, which allegedly intensified the situation. She indicates that several family members of the deceased including his oldest sister and elder brother who were on the scene during the incident have been invited by LNP for questioning.
According to her, the victim’s body has been deposited at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center’s Morgue in Sinkor. Witness Rachel claims that after her father was shot and killed, Officer Deman allegedly shot his own palm to make it appear like he and the victim were fighting over his gun, when he was incidentally shot and killed. Police say Commander Deman is hospitalized at the JFK hospital under treatment.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley