An off-duty police officer fatally shot a man in Cirebon, West Java after he refused to stop playing loud music early Sunday morning, police said.
The officer, Brig. Wahidin Jaenudi, was reportedly drunk when he approached a group of predawn revelers on his motorcycle. The group was participating in a local tradition called “Obrog” where musicians play loud music during Ramadan to wake up residents for their predawn meal, police said.
Wahidin ordered the musicians to stop. But the group refused and mocked the police officer’s civilian outfit, police said.
The officer then fired a warning shot in the air, prompting the friends to remark, “who threw a firecracker?”
According to a witness and friend, Wahidin then aimed his gun at Agus bin Wiryo, one of the revelers, and shot him from 1.5 meters away.
The officer then mounted his motorcycle and drove away.
Agus died a short time later.
One of the musicians, Eka Ramadhani, asked how the police officer could gun his friend down and then drive off.
“That police officer ordered us to go home,” Eka told Kompas.com. “We were about to go home.
“Why did he shoot Agus?”
Wahidin turned himself in to Cirebon police.
The investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed.
“He is being questioned with some other witnesses,” Cirebon police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Hero Henrianto Bachtiar told Tempo.co. “According to our initial questioning, he was under the influence of alcohol when he shot [Agus].”