Probe launched af­ter of­fi­cer shot at­tacker

The New Age (Gauteng) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TATENDA CHIRISERI prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

TWO sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been launched af­ter a metro po­lice of­fi­cer shot dead a man who stabbed him at the Mfu­leni po­lice sta­tion at the week­end.

The of­fi­cial was reg­is­ter­ing a docket on Sun­day when he was ap­proached by the man who asked that he be taken into cus­tody. It is al­leged he then pro­duced a knife and stabbed the of­fi­cer three times.

The of­fi­cer then re­tal­i­ated, fa­tally shoot­ing his at­tacker. Two other peo­ple were also wounded. The in­ci­dent re­port­edly hap­pened about 11.30am as a metro po­lice of­fi­cer was reg­is­ter­ing a case docket at the po­lice sta­tion.

The may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for safety and se­cu­rity and so­cial ser­vices, JP Smith, said while the of­fi­cer was do­ing this, a mem­ber of the pub­lic ar­rived.

“The man ap­peared ag­i­tated and in­di­cated that he wanted to be ar­rested. He turned to speak to the metro po­lice of­fi­cer be­fore tak­ing out a knife and stab­bing the of­fi­cer twice in the chest and once in his left arm.

“The of­fi­cer re­tal­i­ated by dis­charg­ing three rounds from his ser­vice pis­tol, fa­tally wound­ing the sus­pect. Two other civil­ians sus­tained wounds, both to the right foot, as a re­sult of ric­o­chet­ing bul­lets,” Smith said. The metro po­lice of­fi­cer was treated at Bel­lville Melomed Hos­pi­tal and the city con­firmed that he would re­ceive coun­selling as part of the city’s em­ployee as­sis­tance pro­gramme.

One of the two civil­ians wounded was trans­ported to Tyger­berg Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Smith said apart from the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the In­de­pen­dent In­ves­tiga­tive Po­lice Direc­torate must also in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

PROBE: A po­lice of­fi­cer al­legedly shot a man three times.

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