Police Spokesperson Esther Kantongo who confirmed the incident in a statement said the incident happened when an officer manning the barrier on great East road mistook his fellow officers for armed criminals he had been informed about.
“When the police officers from Chipata reached the barrier and found it closed one officer detective Sergeant Kapolyo disembarked from the vehicle with a view of finding out whether there were officers at the point and when there was no response.
“He went to open the barrier and it was at that point that the police officer stationed at the point Inspector Mukoka opened fire shooting Sergeant Kapolyo in the chest mistaking the officers to be criminals he was earlier alerted about,” Mrs Katongo explained.
She said Inspector Mukoka fired another shot which grazed Detective Chief Inspector Chilumbu in the neck and the same bullet hit the driver of the motor vehicle detective Inspector Banda in the neck and he died on the spot.
Ms Katongo said the incident happened around 07: 00 hours today October 25, 2016.
“All this happened at about 07 00 hours today 25th October, 2016. Detective sergeant Kapolyo is in the Intensive Care Unit at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, Detective Chief Inspector Chilumbu is also admitted in the same Hospital, while the body of the deceased is in the same Hospital Mortuary.
An inquiry has been instituted in the matter.