Halu Oleo University students throw stones at policemen as they staged a rally in front of the Southeast Sulawesi Police headquarters in Kendari on Oct. 28, demanding investigation into the death of their friends. (Antara Photo/Jojon)

Policeman Named Suspect Over Fatal Shooting of University Student


NOVEMBER 07, 2019

Jakarta. A policeman was named suspect for the fatal shooting of a university student during a street demonstration on Sept. 26 protesting the amendment of the Corruption Eradication Commission Law in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, the National Police announced on Thursday.

Two students from Halu Oleo University were killed in the demonstration, one of them by gunshot wounds, Chief Comr. Ch. Patoppoi, the head of the police's inter-region criminal investigation unit, said in a press conference at the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.

He said police had not been able to determine if another student who also died during the violent demonstration had also been killed by gunshot wounds.

A woman was also shot in the leg in the incident near the provincial legislative building.

"Ballistic tests compared bullet shells and three projectiles [found at the scene] with six guns carried by six police officers. We found the gun that matched [the bullet shells]," Patoppoi said.

The suspect, a police brigadier, was identified by his initials, A.M.

Patoppoi said the suspect has been charged with homicide under the Criminal Code and faces a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.

The suspect was among six policemen who were slapped with disciplinary sanctions in the wake of the incident. They included five middle-ranking officers and one high-ranking officer.

The victims were Rendy, 21, who died from a gunshot wound to the chest, and Yusuf Kardawi, 19, who died in hospital from a head injury.

The woman shot in the leg was Maulida Putri.