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Police Sergeant succumbs to gunshot sustained during shootout with robbers in Table View


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE - Following an armed robbery at a business in Killarney Gardens early on Friday morning by four suspects, police and a local security company responded to a call for assistance. Upon arrival at the business premises, the robbers who had held staff at gunpoint inside the building started shooting at the police as they fled. Police responded. As a consequence, a shootout started resulting in two police officials being wounded and two robbers also injured. Sadly, a 48-year-old police sergeant from Table View, who sustained gunshot wound to his head, died on arrival at a medical facility in the area. Another policeman was shot in the leg.

One robber, a 34-year-old man was wounded and arrested on the scene. Meanwhile a second suspect, aged 36, who also sustained a gunshot wound, was apprehended in the vicinity. Two other suspects are still at large.

A manhunt for the suspects at large has been launched with additional police joining the extensive search.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Patekile is currently visiting the scene with a view to visiting the family of the deceased police official later in the day. The loss of the sergeant and the injury sustained by the other police member is unfortunate. “We undertake to use all resources at our disposal to hunt the outstanding suspects. They must be brought to book. In the same breath, we warn police members to be vigilant at all times as they face brazen criminals who would stop at nothing in the execution of crime incidents”, says Lt General Patekile.

The SAPS management has conveyed its sincere condolences to the bereaved family and colleagues of the fallen police official. The name of the deceased police official will be released once his next of kin has been informed. Hawks detectives are probing a murder, attempted murder and armed robbery cases.


Brigadier Novela Potelwa
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