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News: Police initiate manhunt for man who took life of on-duty police sergeant

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


CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have launched a manhunt for a suspect who shot and killed an on-duty police sergeant earlier today, Wednesday, 17 April 2024 in Mamre on the West Coast.

Preliminary information suggests that the 44-year-old sergeant and his partner were dispatched to attend to a domestic violence complaint at about 12:45 at Klapmuts Street. Upon arrival at the address, the suspect allegedly during a scuffle, took the service pistol of the deceased police official and fatally shot him.  The suspect also opened fire on the partner of the sergeant where after he fled the scene on foot. The partner of the sergeant was not hurt.

Provincial SAPS management has condemned the killing of the sergeant in the strongest possible terms. Western Cape provincial commissioner, Lt Gen TE Patekile expressed dismay at the senseless act. “It is disheartening that a police official responding to a complaint is shot with his own service pistol. Police are there protect community members. They should not come under attack ‘, says Lt Gen Patekile.

Meanwhile the search for the wanted suspect continues with additional forces deployed to enhance the search. DPCI detectives are investigating the murder. The identity of the deceased sergeant will be released once his next of kin has been informed.    


Brigadier Novela Potelwa
082 559 4676


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