Medical Report Clears Police in Barnesville Shooting Incident

Col. Robert W. Budy left & DCP H.Moses Carter Sr. right

On June 27, 2018, at about 10:30 am, a road traffic accident occurred on the Kebbah Road in Bardnersville, involving a
Green Sino Dump Truck bearing plate no. H-14455, operated by Abu Sheriff and owned by Haja Transport Service and a Red TVS Star motorbike, leaving the rider (Rufus Vambo), and the Co-rider, (Stewart Bridges), seriously injured. Rider Vambo was later pronounced dead upon arrival by Medical Doctor on duty at the James Davis Hospital in Nezoe, Payensville, while Co-Rider, Bridges was also pronounced dead upon arrival by Medical Doctor on duty at the JFK Hospital. Both bodies were later taken to Funeral Homes, pending interment.

As a result of the accident, violent crowd and/or rioters set road blocks and prevented pedestrians and vehicles from plying the Kebbah Road, as they attempted to set the Dump truck ablaze or on fire.

Officers from the Zone-4 Police Station immediately responded to the accident scene but could not contain the violent crowd and/or Rioters. Then, a section of Police Support Unit (PSU) from LNP Headquarters was dispatched as re-enforcement, but could not still contain the large violent crowd and/or rioters, which also resulted to additional sections of Police Support Unit from the LNP Headquarters to contain the violence situation; which was contained by the Liberia National Police.  Several rioters were arrested by the Police and are being investigated by the Crime Services Division to determine the extent of their involvement in the riot.

However, during the process of containing the violent crowd and/or rioters, a lady identified as Madam Helena Nimely sustained injury on her right neck and was rushed at the Trinity Healing Temple Health Center in Gardnersville for treatment. Upon her arrival, the Medical Practitioner (Officer-In-Charge) on duty examined madam Nimely and reported that she sustained laceration and was in a stable condition receiving medical treatment.

During our visit to the Health Center, Madam Nimely was seen being treated by the Health Center.

A medical report dated on June 30, 2018, and received on July 2, 2018, from the Trinity Healing Temple Health Center (THT), reported that patient Helena Nimely was taken to the Health center on June 27, 2018, at about 11:00am with complaint of bleeding on her right neck.

Based on the medical report, which is in the possession of the Liberia National Police; it has been reported by the Medical Practitioner (Officer-In-Charge) that Madam Helena Nimely explained that she was shot by a Police man, while standing along the road when she felt a sharp pain on her neck after a heavy sound of gun fire and she sustained injury on her right neck.

However, following physical examination by the medical Practitioner, (Officer-In-Charge), on duty, Helena Nimely was conscious and in painful distress and bleeding from the right neck.

The medical report further revealed that Madam Helena Nimely sustained laceration on her right neck but no foreign body was noted, which suggest that no residue or particle was observed on the laceration of Helena Nimely by the attending Medical Practitioner. Therefore, it is impossible for a bullet or projectile to have caused the laceration leaving no trace of any foreign body, contrary to many reports that she was wounded by bullet or projectile which was fired by Police Officers on the scene of the incident. We want to challenge anyone or call any member of the general public to come forward to produce evidence linking the Police to have used lethal weapon(s), which caused the injury sustained by Madam Helena Nimely.

However, the medical report further established that Helena Nimely was conscious and that she sustained laceration from the back of her right neck about 14 centimeters below her right ear.

Helena Nimely was later treated and admitted in keeping with the diagnosis for further observation in their In-Patient Department, where she is being treated and now ready to be discharged.  The medical report also recommends that X-Ray of the neck be conducted and to continue wound care.

In conclusion, the medical report also suggests that whatever object that inflicted the wounds on Helena’s neck started from the back of the neck towards the front.  So if a Police Officer had fired facing Helena Nimely, it would have been impossible for the laceration to come from the back neck to the front.

The Liberia National Police is therefore appealing to the general public to always remain law abiding at all times and desist or refrain from mob violence when there are incidents which require Police intervention or investigation. Remember, Liberia is a country of law and nobody is above the law. Adhering to the law is cardinal to the social and economic development of Liberia.

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