Fanaʻi e tangata taʻu 32 lolotonga ʻe ʻohofi ʻo ha ʻapi ʻi Halaʻovave hengihengi Sapate Featured
Talaki Online 15 Sepitema 2021; NA’E puke ʻe he kau Polisí ha toko 3 he Hala Hihifo, ta’u 17, ta’u 50 mo e ta’u 47 he hengihengi Sapate 12 ‘o Sepitemá ni, taimi 1:00am. Naʻe pukeʻi ʻa e kokeini 8.92g ‘i he tokotaha taʻu 47 mei Kolonga, kae nofo Hala’ovave.
‘I he fakafuofua ki he 6 hengihengi tatau, kuo aʻu atu e kau Polisí ki he nofoʻanga e matāpule taʻu 47 ʻi Halaʻovave. Lolotonga e ʻohofi ʻe he kau Polisí ko iá, kuo pā e meʻafana kaulei .22 mei he tangata taʻu 32 ne ʻi he ʻapí, ne hala kae fana fakafoki e taha kau Polisí ʻo lavea matapule taʻu 32 ni hono uma toʻohema.
Naʻe maʻu ʻi he ʻapi nofoʻangá ni ha ICE (methamphetamine) kalami ʻe 1.67, kanapisi kalami ʻe 1.38 fakataha mo ha ngaahi naunau ngāueʻaki ki he ICE mo e u koloa taʻefakalao kehe kau ai ʻa e mahafu mo e meʻafana. Naʻe puke ai pe ʻe he kau Polisí ʻa e fakaʻiloá ni fakataha mo e finemui taʻu 24.
Ko e fakaʻiloa taʻu 32 ʻokú ne ʻi he tuʻunga fakafiemālie pe ʻi he falemahaki Vaiolá ʻo tali hā he Fakamaauʻangá.
“Ko ʻemau tefitoʻi fatongiá ki he malu mo e hao e kakaí ʻo e fonuá mo e kau Polisí. Naʻe aʻu e tuʻunga moʻui e kau Polisí ki he tuʻunga fakatuʻutamaki pea pau ai ke nau ngāueʻaki ʻa e meʻataú.
“Ki he malu mo e hao ʻa e kakaí, ʻoku fai atu e fakatokanga ki he ʻu meʻatau tauhi taʻefakalaó ke fakafoki hifo ki ʻApi Polisí. ‘Oku ʻikai ko ha meʻa fakapotopoto ia ke fakamanamanaʻi ʻaki ʻa e kakaí pe kau Polisí ha meʻatau he ʻe aʻu ki he tuʻunga ʻe ʻikai ke lava ke taʻofi ʻenau fakahoko honau fatongiá,” ko e fakahā ia ʻe he Tokoni Komisioná, Halaoa Taufa ki he Talakí.
Man shot during Police drug raid
Attribute statement to Detective Acting Deputy Commissioner Halatoa Taufa, National Crime and Investigations, Tonga Police
Police arrested 3 people at around 1:00 am on Sunday, 12 September, a 17 and a 50 year old male from Poutaha and a 47 year old male from Kolonga but residing at Hala’ovave. The three were traveling east in a rental car on Hihifo Road when Police stopped them for breaching the curfew restriction. Upon search, 8.92 grams of cocaine was found on the person of the 47 year old male suspect.
A search by the Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce was carried out at around 06:00 am on the 47 year old male’s residence at Hala’ovave following the arrest.
During the search of the residence at Hala’ovave, a 32 year old male suspect used a .22 handgun revolver to point and shoot at Police but missed, which caused Police, in defence to shoot the suspect on his left arm, causing the suspect to surrender the gun and himself.
Further drugs were seized from the residence including 1.67 grams of methamphetamine and 1.38 grams of cannabis. Also seized were drug utensils and 1 x .22 handgun revolver, 40 x .22 and 1 x 9mm bullets and 12 (.22) empty cartridges. Two suspects were arrested as a result, a 32 year old male and a 24 year old female.
The 32 year old suspect sustained injuries to his left arm and ribcage. He was rushed by Police to Vaiola Hospital where he remains for treatment. According to information from the doctor, he is at a stable stage.
“Our ultimate responsibility is to protect life – the life of our people as well as that of our police officers. The life of the officers in this police operation was under threat which called for the use of necessary force to eliminate such threat.”
“For the safety of the public, we urge for the return to Police of illegal firearms. It would not be wise to use a firearm to threaten any person or police officers as there will be consequences as we have witnessed from this police operation.”
Contact Police on phone 740-1660 or 922 if you have any information on any drug related activity or illegal firearms.
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