POLICE have arrested three men, including a suspect who turned himself in following an early morning incident in which a 16 year-old died at White River, West Honiara.
They have not released any further details including whether charges have been laid.
It is understood the death of the 16-year-old marked the first blemish on the community policing which has been hailed by community leaders in and around Honiara as the most successful police initiative in years.
The youth was allegedly drinking at Forest Valley, White River on Friday morning when he was approached by a community policing officer commonly known as community by-law enforcer.
A fight broke out, resulting in the 16-year-old’s death at around 3am.
It is understood community by-law enforcers are appointed by police to enforce community policing in communities in suburban communities in and around Honiara.
It is also understood community by-law enforcers are never trained to approach people, especially young people when they are drunk.
Meanwhile neighbours have again complained about drinking in public places within the precinct of the Police Headquarters at Rove, particularly on Friday night.
“Most of the young people doing this are children of senior police officers. Despite this growing problem, senior police officers whose children are involved in this type of behaviour have said nothing,” one angry individual told Solomon Star last night.