Liberia: Police Charge EPS Agent Patrick Kollie with Murder
Monrovia – The Liberia National Police have charged and forwarded to court for murder disrobed EPS agent Patrick Kollie who was recently involved in a shooting incident that led to the death of one Valentine Johnson in Paynesville.
The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, July 4 at 1:00 am in the Police Academy Community.
According to the Police, despite the defendant’s admittance to the unintentional shooting of the late Johnson, he had no right to shoot at said period, knowing the basic firearm cardinal rules.
The charged sheet also noted that following the investigation, other eyewitnesses on the other hand noted that Defendant Kollie went in his car for his weapons to shoot at criminals who had attacked him, he missed the target and instantly killed Jonson.
“The weapon of defendant Patrick Kollie was discharged unnecessarily because there was no imminent threat posed to him,” the Police charge sheet noted.
Nevertheless, the police report confirmed that Defendant Kollie was attacked by criminals and there was an argument ensuing between them, following a roadblock by the criminals at the Police Academy Junction.
Valentine T. Johnson, according to the charged sheet, was hit by a bullet ‘mistakenly discharged’ from Defendant Kollie’s weapon.
Defendant Kollie has since admitted to the killing.
He expressed regrets over the incident, saying the shooting was not intentional.
In a rare interview with FrontPageAfrica at the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police, Kollie expressed regrets over the killing and asked the deceased family for forgiveness.
“We were fighting over my arm when it discharged one round, not knowing that someone was at the back,” he lamented.
The deceased, according to the report, was riding a motorbike along with two other unidentified people when Agent Kollie allegedly mistakenly pulled the trigger.
He noted that he had never known Victim Valentine T. Johnson before.
Agent Kollie noted that as a trained security officer, it had never been his intention to pull an arm towards anyone for no reason.
He stressed that the incident occurred mistakenly as a result of an attack from those he believed to be criminals.
Meanwhile, Agent Kollie is currently in pre-trial detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, awaiting court trial.