Suspect shot dead during attempted hijacking

An armed man was shot dead today by police after his group tried to hold up vehicles at Five-Mile in Lae.

The Special Response Unit 102 patrol area covers Nawaeb Block and Miles area up to Nadzab. There are always two units on patrol within the area at all times.

Today at about 11am, one of the SRU 102 patrol was travelling inbound Lae City when they came across three armed men. The three were standing in the middle of the road, attempting to hold up vehicles travelling on the opposite of the freeway – driving out of Lae.

“The three armed men had already stopped vehicles, leaving a long queue of vehicles trying to escape by negotiating how to turn around while some had pulled aside,” Lae police report.

In the process of capturing them, one of the armed suspects was shot dead and a homemade gun was recovered at the scene.

This is the second shooting in a matter of weeks in the same area.

“Police had warned youths to refrain from carrying out armed robberies, as time will catch up with them,” said Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

“SRU 102 and Miles Police will keep constant check on the area.

“I am pleased to see that the Sector Patrol Concept is working well and serving the purpose it was formed for.”

Press release