According to ACP Rutikanga, two individuals were apprehended in the act of removing items from the cargo van. When confronted by the police officers, an altercation ensued, during which one of the thieves managed to flee the scene, while his accomplice attempted to attack the officers. In response to this aggression, the police officers opened fire, ultimately resulting in the death of the suspected burglar.
The cargo van in question was en route from Kigali to Karongi when the incident occurred. Prior to this incident, the police had been alerted to a string of thefts along this route, particularly between Muhanga-Karongi and Muhanga-Ngororero. Local residents had reported incidents where criminals took advantage of slow-moving vehicles to commit robberies.
This operation sheds light on the existence of an organized network comprising lookouts and thieves working in coordination. Although one of the suspects managed to evade capture, authorities are actively pursuing their investigations, suspecting possible collaboration with additional accomplices who may be apprehended in due course.
Emphasizing the police’s unwavering commitment to curbing criminal aggression, ACP Rutikanga stated, "Anyone caught in the act of stealing and resisting may also lose their life."
He urged both the public and drivers to collaborate with the authorities by promptly reporting any suspicious activities to prevent further incidents.