In an unexpected situation, a Lilongwe based police officer identified as Patrick Mchekenya of Ndelemani Village under Traditional Authority Kumtumanji in Zomba shot himself dead during the night of Tuesday and Wednesday, Malawi Police have confirmed.
According to Central Region Police Publist, Superintendent Nolliettie Chihana ssid that Inspector Patrick Mchekeya who was a traffic officer at Central Region Police Headquarters was found dead around 1:00 am on Wednesday.
“He was duty officer for the night shift on the day and the time the incident happened, he was alone”, said Chihana.
Chihana added, “Based on the scene of the incident, it was established that Mchekeya shot himself through his chin with three bullets as the gun was on automatic. The bullets went through his head and to the ceiling of the office veranda,” she concluded.
The officer is said to have shot himself with an LAR (FN) Rifle which was found held in his hands.
Police report further indicated that there is no foul play suspected and there was no suicide note found at the scene of the incident, in the officer’s car or at his house.
The deceased has left a wife and two children.
Meanwhile, Police have started conducting investigations to establish the reasons that might have prompted him to commit the suicide.