Cop shot dead in as­sault case fol­low-up

Pretoria News - - METRO - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE goitsemang.tlhabye@inl.co.za

PO­LICE in Gars­fontein are mourn­ing the loss of a de­tec­tive who was shot and killed on duty.

He was killed on Sun­day morn­ing while he and his two col­leagues were fol­low­ing up on a case of as­sault.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the three de­tec­tives ap­proached a sus­pect on the cor­ner of Garst­fontein and Ruben­stein roads.

The sus­pect started pelt­ing the of­fi­cers with stones as they were at­tempt­ing to ap­pre­hend him. He then man­aged to grab an of­fi­cer’s firearm and shot at the of­fi­cer, po­lice said. The other of­fi­cers shot back, leav­ing the sus­pect wounded.

He is in hospi­tal un­der po­lice guard and will ap­pear in court on charges of mur­der and two counts of at­tempted mur­der.

“The de­tec­tives who were with the de­ceased mem­ber must be com­mended for ap­ply­ing the nec­es­sary force to ap­pre­hend the man that al­legedly at­tacked them and sub­se­quently killed the de­tec­tive con­sta­ble,” said na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Khehla Si­tole.

He con­demned the in­ci­dent and called on de­tec­tives to en­sure that jus­tice pre­vailed for the dead de­tec­tive.

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