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SAPS Thembalethu extends search for suspect involved in police shooting


Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Thembalethu police have made a serious appeal to members of the community to come forward with information that might lead to the arrest of a suspect who was involved in the shooting of a 35-year-old constable last night.

Information reveals that Const. Trevor Lindoor and a fellow member were patrolling Zone 7 in Thembalethu during a Stop-and-Search Operation when they spotted a suspicious man clothed in a hoody and top walking in 34th Street, Thembalethu. They stopped and Const. Lindoor approached the suspect who then pulled out and discharged a firearm, shooting him in the chin and through his right upper arm. The suspect fled the scene on foot whilst the other member returned fire. The suspect is still at large and it is unknown whether the suspect was wounded during the shootout.

The injured constable was rushed to the George hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU); his condition has been described as critical.     

Senior officers under the leadership of Maj Genl. Oswald Reddy, the George Cluster Commander, paid the constable a visit in hospital, pledging their support to a speedy recovery and the assistance to his family.

Maj Genl. Reddy appeals to the community to come forward with any information that might assist SAPS to bring the suspect to book. He added that this shameful act will not deter their focus to combat crime in order to safeguard their communities.

“This horrendous and cowardly act has made us even more determined to serve our communities and hence we have intensified deployment in the area to bring the suspect to book. As we are committed to serve the community, we shall do it at all cost but also, we value the input and assistance of the community”, he added.

Anyone with information is requested to call the investigating officer, Constable Loyiso Shoto at the Thembalethu Detectives on  044 802 8900 / 078 480 2767 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

All information will be dealt with confidentially.

Media enquiries: Captain Malcolm Pojie- 082 559 4665/082 376 5011