Police accidentally shoot a grade 12 pupil & a 24-year-old woman in Lusaka’s Emmasdale area as they chased after criminals


April 9, 2024

The Zambia Police Service is deeply concerned to report on a shôoting incident that occurred today, April 9, 2024, at approximately 14:00 hours along Malambo Road in Emmasdale, Lusaka.

The report was received at 14:30 hours from Mr. David Changwe, aged 54, residing at Plot number 13741 in Chalala area, Lusaka, who acted as a good Samaritan and reported on behalf of the two victims of the shöoting. The victims are identified as male Juvenile aged 17, a Grade 12 pupil at Chibolya Secondary School in Lusaka, and Ms. Tracy Kadantu, aged 24, of Chipata Compound in Lusaka.

According to the report, the victims were accidentally shot at by suspected police officers who were pursuing alleged criminals in two motor vehicles, identified as a Toyota Mark X and a Toyota IST, both without captured registration numbers.

The suspected Police officers were pursuing another vehicle, a Toyota Progress with registration BAF 5711, black in color.

The Juvenile sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg, while Ms. Kadantu sustained a wound to the left leg from stray bullets. Mr. Changwe, who encountered the victims, rendered assistance by transporting them to Lusaka Central Police Station. Medical forms were issued, and the victims were immediately rushed to the University Teaching Hospital for medical treatment by police. Their conditions are currently reported to be stable.

The scene was been visited, and an inquiry file has been opened to facilitate further investigations into the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident.

We wish to reassure the public that every effort will be made to establish the facts. Relatives of the victims have been informed about the incident, and the necessary support is being provided to them during this challenging time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to come forward and assist the police in our investigation.

Rae Hamoonga