Edward Fanueli charged with murder of female Police Officer

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Edward Fanueli who allegedly shot his partner, female cop Mele Lapana, has been charged with murder.

He is remanded into the custody of Police to await his initial appearance before the Supreme Court next month.

The charge was confirmed by Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino in response to Radio Polynesia questions.

As reported earlier today Ministry of Police and Prisons are mourning the death of a 31-year-old female Police Officer shot in the head in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident occurred in Aleisa.

“The woman who was off duty was allegedly shot by her partner with a pistol,” said Police Commissioner Aua’apau Logoitino Filipo in response to questions from Radio Polynesia.

He said the suspect is under the custody of Police.

“This is another sad case of domestic violence that turned deadly. The victim was off duty when the incident occurred and she worked for the Ministry for over four years,” he said.

Auapa’au also confirmed the pistol used has been “recovered”.