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Police official dies after being shot


Media Statement from Gauteng Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service 

A police officer, constable, who was shot and wounded, died on his way to the hospital. Five suspects, three of which were wounded, have been arrested; one 47 and four 9mm pistols were found on a minibus abandoned at the scene during a shoot-out at Karl Street, Jeppestown.

Police officers who were on their routine sector patrols responded on information of a suspicious vehicle. Upon their arrival at the vehicle, they found it occupied by a group of men, shortly after their discovery a shootout ensued. A police officer was shot and wounded on the lower body and his R5 rifle was taken; he died on his way to the hospital. His colleague, who also fired at the suspects, was not injured; the police van was damaged on the windscreen.

The suspects fled into different directions leaving the driver of the vehicle behind, he was arrested at the scene. It is believed that some of the suspects were shot and wounded; three of the wounded suspects were arrested at a nearby building where they were hiding.

A manhunt for a group of about three to four suspects has been launched; arrested suspects are being questioned.

The Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba is very concerned about the killing of police officers. He is calling upon the communities to rally around the police in their effort to deal effectively with these heartless criminals.

Police are attacked by highly armed gangs; any information that may lead to the recovery of the firearms which have landed in the hands of the criminals will be rewarded.

A team of detectives are working around the clock to make sure that those responsible get the punishment they deserve.

Media enquiries:  Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini- 082 411 5311