CAIRO: An officer has been suspended and referred to investigations after reportedly shooting microbus driver in Heliopolis district following altercations over traffic dispute, according to a Wednesday statement by the Interior Ministry on its Facebook page.
The ministry said that a dispute between the driver and Captain Ahmed Samir, who works at the General Directorate for Information and Documentation, evolved after the driver intercepted the officer’s way while driving in Nozha area.
The statement added that “a group of drivers interfered to stand by their colleague who assaulted the officer and caused him injuries, prompting [the officer] to use his gun.”
The driver was taken to hospital after he was injured in the thigh, according to the statement.
Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted a security source at Cairo Security Directorate who said that the victim’s injury is “minor,” adding that the officer stopped the driver and asked to see his car and driving licenses, but a quarrel started between them and ended by the officer shooting at him.
Those who took part in the clash were arrested, including Captain Samir whose gun was seized by security agencies; a report was filed regarding the incident.
In February, an officer shot dead a 24-year old truck driver after an argument over the fare.
On April 19, a policeman fatally shot a tea seller after a dispute over the price of a cup of tea in New Cairo.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi recently demanded draft amendments to the police law to be expedited. The amendments aim to “stress” human rights, integrity and transparency when resorting to force and applying the law, according to a statement by presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.