Com­mu­nity mem­bers as­sist in track­ing cop killer

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

An off-duty Johannesburg metro po­lice­man was mur­dered in Hill­brow. Johannesburg Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment (JMPD) spokesper­son Wayne Min­naar said the of­fi­cer‚ from the re­cov­ery unit‚ was on foot when he was shot sev­eral times in the up­per body.

The in­ci­dent took place at about 3pm. He was de­clared dead on the scene. One sus­pect was ar­rested in the base­ment in a build­ing near the crime scene in Claim Street. A sec- ond sus­pect re­mains at large and the mur­der weapon re­mains miss­ing. Min­naar said the of­fi­cer’s gun was the only thing stolen.

Po­lice spokesper­son cap­tain Kay Makhubele thanked the com­mu­nity for iden­ti­fy­ing where the sus­pect was hid­ing whom they ar­rested.

Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba said in a state­ment that two com­mu­nity mem­bers had helped track down the sus­pects af­ter they had fled into a build­ing.

“The com­mu­nity mem­bers as­sisted po­lice by point­ing out the sus­pects’ hid­ing place within the build­ing. Un­for­tu­nately‚ one of the com­mu­nity mem­bers was in­jured in the process by un­safe glass within the build­ing.”

Mashaba said the ap­pre­hended sus­pect claimed to be from Mpumalanga and said he was helped by a Zim­bab­wean in per­pe­trat­ing the crime. Mashaba be­lieves that law en­force­ment in the city needs to be re-ex­am­ined.

“Our polic­ing au­thor­i­ties are also hot on the heels of the other sus­pect who is be­lieved to be in pos­ses­sion of the firearm,” says Johannesburg Mayor Her­man Mashaba.

“This tragic and sense­less loss comes af­ter the city and our resi- dents were forced to bid farewell to 3 brave fire­fight­ers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“This lat­est at­tack on our JMPD of­fi­cers is not only an at­tack on gov­ern­ment but an at­tack on our ef­forts to re­turn the rule of law in our city. It is an at­tack on our res­i­dents, who are des­per­ate to feel safe in their homes, com­mu­ni­ties and streets.

“We will not let un­scrupu­lous crim­i­nals hold us to ran­som.

“The city is work­ing with law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that no stone is left un­turned in ap­pre­hend­ing these crim­i­nals.

“I plead with any res­i­dent who may have in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this at­tack to please come for­ward. My heart­felt con­do­lences to go the friends and fam­ily of our fallen of­fi­cer. As we ap­pre­hend these crim­i­nals‚ jus­tice must be done.”

Johannesburg com­mu­nity safety MEC Michael Sun called the mur­der “to­tally un­ac­cept­able”.

“We have about 400 JMPD of­fi­cers‚ 100 metro cars‚ we will find the sec­ond sus­pect be­fore we leave here.”

JMPD chief David Tembe said: “Our tar­get is that if you shoot a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer‚ within two hours they must be be­hind bars.”

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