Suspect arrested over killing of policeman in Milne Bay
POLICE in Alotau, Milne Bay Province, have arrested a suspect over the killing of Probationary Constable David Opa last week.
Another suspect has surrendered to police while others are still at large.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) for Southern Command Allen Kundi said police in Alotau arrested a suspect on Tuesday for the killing of late Constable Opa during a robbery in Alotau last week.
Southern police boss commended his troops on the ground and extended appreciation to the support from the public.
A total of six suspects are believed to have been involved in the robbery and killing of the policeman.
“One of the suspects was apprehended yesterday and arrested for the death of the young police officer. The next suspect, a son of a former policeman voluntarily surrendered to police. Four suspects are still on the run and we won’t give in until all of them are rounded up,” Mr Kundi said.
The arrest of the first two suspects came in after a week of intense investigation into the killing of Opa.
Six suspects allegedly held up a service station at Alotau Enterprises and left in a hired car with a substantial amount of money.
Late Opa and a reserve police officer intervened and gave chase after the suspects left the scene towards Aioma.
The suspects took possession of higher ground and ambushed the pursuing officers. Opa was killed and the reservist was wounded.
Mr Kundi also extended his appreciation to the general public for their support in the flow of information about the suspects in the last couple of days and appeal for continuous support to track down the remaining suspects.
He said they have also liaised with Central Police Commander to engage officers at their side of the border to conduct road blocks in case these remaining suspects crossed the border on foot.
Meanwhile the body of Constable Opa, from Kaupena in the Imbonggu district of Southern Highlands Province is at the Funeral Home in Port Moresby and the body will repatriated to his village over the weekend after the funeral service is done at Bomana Police College this week.