In Kingsville’s Shooting: Police Admits Use Of Live Bullets, Dismisses Death Report

The Liberia National Police has confirmed the discharge of live bullets by some officers of the LNP during a violent demonstration in Kingsville, District#1, Montserrado County, but dismissed reports that the shooting led to the death of a person.

Police Spokesman, Moses Carter speaking on a local radio station yesterday denied reports that at least one person was killed by police when they discharged live bullets at protesters. He, however, confirmed that the police officers did shoot live bullets but no one was killed during the protest.

Mr. Carter also confirmed that five persons including two police officers sustained injuries during the shooting incident. He said the five victims are undergoing medical treatment at various hospitals and clinics in Monrovia and Margibi County.

Yesterday, it was widely reported in several local dailies that a demonstration by residents of Kingsville protesting against the killing of two boys for ritual purposes led to violent clashes with riot police, resorting to one death and several injuries.

According to the report, the riot police allegedly fired live bullets to disperse demonstrators who had set roadblocks to demonstrate against the killing of the two boys for ritual purposes. The demonstration took place on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Kingsville, District#1, Montserrado County.

The boys, age 10 and 14, who were reported missing for several days in early June, were later discovered dead with body parts missing.

According to residents of Kingsville, the private part of one of the boys’ corpse was extracted while an eye was extracted from the other. Residents also said that police arrested three prime suspects who were allegedly released by the police on grounds that there was no sufficient evidence.

According to the report, during the violent riot on Monday, police fired several rounds of AK-47 to disperse the demonstrators who were reportedly throwing stones at the police. The report said one person died from the shooting incident and several sustained injuries.

But Mr. Carter responding to the report that one person died during the shooting incident on Monday, admitted that there was discharge of live bullet which has been attributed to a squat of the Liberia National Police and stone-throwing by the protesters and some residents of Kingsville during the riot but dismissed report of the death of a person as reported by the media.

He added that three of those who sustained injuries are residents of Kingsville while the other two are officers of the LNP who are all responding to treatments at the Du-Side Hospital in Margibi County and the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.

He said the two police officers sustained hand and leg injuries but are said to be responding to treatment while two of the three Kingsville residents who sustained major injuries are also responding to treatment at the hospital.

“Since the incident, there is no report of any death from the hospitals. Those who sustained injuries are responding to treatment; you can carry on your own investigation by visiting the incident scene or the hospitals to verify this information,” Carter said.

Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police has disclosed that it is carrying on a thorough investigation into the shooting incident that occurred in the Kingsville community on Monday. Police Spokesman, Moses Carter disclosed that the entire squat involved in the operation in Kingsville has been recalled to face the Joint Investigation Division of the Liberia National Police for an immediate probe into the shooting incident.

One comment

  • Col Alhaji Varlee Keita

    Is the spokesman for the LNP admitting that live bullets were used to disperse the crowd unarmed protestors? Wow! What happens to the police reform program under UNMIL/UNPOL? I think it is about time that LNP administration adopts a community policing model thereby replacing the traditional policing model that is being practiced by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

    Community Policing is a new policing movement that is being practiced all over the world today. Community Policing is proactive — crime prevention and problem-solving, while Traditional Policing is reactive–law enforcement and apprehension.


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