Three Elite Police Officers Killed in Shooting at Central Java Oil Site

Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono speaks at a press conference on Wednesday (11/10). (Antara Photo/R. Rekotomo)

By : Adinda Normala | on 10:02 AM October 12, 2017
Category : News, Crime

Jakarta. Three officers with the National Police's Mobile Brigade, or Brimob, were found shot dead at their post guarding an oil exploration site of mining firm Sarana Gas Trembul in Blora, Central Java, a police official said on Wednesday (11/10).

"They are all members of the Brimob unit of six officers tasked to guard [the location of] the national project," Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono said during a press conference at the Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, as quoted by Antara news agency.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening, when Chief Brig. Bambang Tejo, 36, reportedly shot Brig. Ahmad Supriyanto (35) and Brig. Budi Wibowo (30) with an AK-101 assault rifle, and killed himself with a bullet in the head.

An investigation is ongoing to determine Bambang's motives.

"Initial findings suggest that it was a personal issue," Condro said.

Similar shooting incidents have happened before.

Last May, Chief Brig. Teguh Dwiyanto allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his battalion dorm in Tangerang, West Java. In 2016, Brig. Aris Chandra reportedly shot his wife at his house in Bekasi, West Java, and then killed himself with a bullet.

According to watchdog Indonesia Police Watch, the number of suicides within the National Police forces has increased from five in 2015 to seven last year.

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