Video shows cop was shot by his col­league

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIHLE MANDA

VIDEO footage shows that a Katle­hong po­lice­man who was shot dead in a fire­fight with rob­bers was killed by a col­league.

The of­fi­cers were ex­chang­ing fire with five men at a petrol fill­ing sta­tion last Thurs­day.

Po­lice launched a man­hunt for the heav­ily armed rob­bers who took off with an undis­closed amount of cash from the tills. It is be­lieved the rob­bers were driv­ing a sil­ver Q7 Audi.

De­spite in­sin­u­a­tions by the po­lice in a me­dia state­ment that the con­sta­ble was shot by rob­bers, a video from the scene seen by The Star shows he was shot by his col­league.

In the 39-sec­ond long video, three uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers and a man in civil­ian cloth­ing can be seen fu­ri­ously fir­ing ahead of them.

The two uni­formed of­fi­cers are lean­ing against the build­ing’s closed roller door; an­other oc­ca­sion­ally fires while lean­ing against a wall in a dark cor­ner. The fourth man in plain clothes is ly­ing on the ground while fir­ing his weapon.

At about 14 sec­onds into the video, one of the uni­formed po­lice­men walks back­wards while still fir­ing shots. It is at this point that his col­league stand­ing be­hind him fires a shot into his back just above his left shoul­der.

The shot of­fi­cer falls in­stantly, and the shooter, ap­par­ently in shock, jumps back­wards.

Fac­ing the gun­shots fired by the rob­bers and to­wards his col­league’s slumped body, the po­lice­man kneels and fires more shots. He, as well as the other uni­formed of­fi­cer, dis­ap­pear from the cam­era footage, while the man in civil­ian cloth­ing con­tin­ues fir­ing shots while ly­ing on his stom­ach.

The two of­fi­cers re-emerge a few sec­onds later. The of­fi­cer who fired the shot then re­turns and at­tends to his wounded col­league.

Po­lice spokes­woman Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the SAPS were aware of the footage but would not com­ment on it as they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing its au­then­tic­ity.

“The video has been brought to our at­ten­tion but we are not sure of its source. What I can say is a high-level in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the Hawks has been launched. We are await­ing the out­come,” she said.

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