Tue, 16 Sep 2003

Officer 'commits' suicide over affair

PALU, Central Sulawesi: A police officer in Central Sulawesi, Brig. Max Purnomo, allegedly committed suicide early on Monday after he was caught having an affair with a friend's wife.

Max, a police detective, died at the Woodward Hospital in the provincial capital of Palu, of a gunshot wound.

Palu Police deputy chief Sr. Comr. Sambas Kurniawan said Max's friend, Djaelani, discovered the affair when he arrived home at about 1 a.m. on Monday.

Djaelani apparently became suspicious when it took his wife a long time to answer the door, and when she did answer she appeared frightened. Djaelani searched his house and found Max hiding in the bathroom.

The husband snatched up a pair of scissors and attacked Max, who pulled out his gun and fired two shots at Djaelani. Max reportedly then pointed the gun at his own head and pulled the trigger, killing himself.

Djaelani was injured in the incident and is being treated at the hospital.

Sambas said officers were investigating the matter. --Antara