Authorities of the Liberia National Police have clarified that officers of the LNP did not use any gun to fire as was reported on social media amidst the tragic motor accident in the Barnesville Kebbah Community.
The incident at the Barnesville Kebbah Community which went viral on social media occurred at 10:00 A.M. when an angry mob went on the rampage in avenging the death of the motorcyclist and the unidentified passenger.
They were demanding the burning of the truck, marked H-14455 that was driven by suspect Abou Sheriff.
According to Police Spokesman Moses Carter, the protesters used petrol bombs, glass bottles, and stones to attack police officers that had arrived on the scene to avert the burning of the truck and bring the situation under control.
He added that in the process, a female Helena Nimely sustained deep wound and is currently undergoing treatment at the THT hospital in Barnesville
Moses Carter told The Monrovia Times Wednesday that besides the two deaths that resulted from the accident, no other person suffered casualty.
Carter mentioned that a lady identified as Rodus Vormor was pronounced dead on arrival at the James David Medical Center and was later transferred to the St. Moses Funeral Home while the unidentified passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at the JFK hospital.
According to him, six persons have been arrested in connection to the violent protest and are undergoing investigation.
The driver of the truck is currently in police custody and is undergoing investigation.
Meanwhile, some eyewitnesses in conversation with this paper expressed frustration over the manner in which the police handle the situation.
“Today reminds me of the war days in our country. I was really shocked when I heard the sound of the gun; I think our government should restrict officers unnecessarily using a firearm.” A lady only identified as Hawa said.
The Barneville Kebah Community was a scene of pandemonium despite the intervention of police authorities.