Police on Friday shot a man of Lusaka’s Silverest area who was reported to have raped a woman while wearing police uniform.

Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo could not state whether the suspect was a police officer or a masquerader, but said he attempted to escape.

“On Friday, police officers shot a person identified as Steve Nsomekela aged 29 of Silverest. Officers were investigating a case of rape where a woman had reported that she was raped at gun point by a person who was in police uniform. The act was reported to have happened in the vehicle of the suspect,” Katongo stated.

“Without the suspect noticing, the victim grabbed some documents from the vehicle which she presented to police. Investigations pointed to the said suspect who was apprehended by police.”

She said the suspect attempted to escape during the search at his house and was shot.

“Officers further went with the suspect home for recoveries where they got a pistol and some police uniforms. Whilst there, the suspect attempted to jump over the wall fence, this is how he was shot in the hip and he unfortunately died on the way to UTH where he was being rushed. The body is in UTH mortuary,” said Katongo.