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2023/01/17      |  Written By:  Colonel R Netshiunda   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 17 January 2023 A suspect who was being sought for the murder of a police officer was fatally wounded when he attempted to kill more police officers at his hideout spot in Inanda on Tuesday morning, 17 January 2023.

Members of the K9 Unit, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Anti-Gang Unit and the DPCI National Priority Violent Crime were pursuing the suspect who shot and fatally wounded 40-year-old Constable Lindokuhle Gift Goba of the Durban K9 Unit and robbed him of his service pistol on Quarry Road in Mayville on Saturday,14 January 2023.

Investigations led the police to a hospital which the two suspects were privately rushed to with gunshot wounds from the shootout with the fallen police officer. One suspect succumbed to his injuries at hospital and further investigations revealed the other suspect had discharged himself and escaped from the hospital ward.

Thorough investigation by the police identified a house in Inanda where the suspect was cornered. After the  police had introduced and identified themselves as men of law, the suspect responded with a hail of bullets and a shootout ensued. During the shootout the suspect was fatally wounded.  

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has been informed for further investigations.