Shot cop rescues wounded comrades

2009-12-17 00:00

AN injured police officer heroically rescued two of his colleagues who had been wounded in an apparent shoot-out with robbery suspects near Margate yesterday morning, and drove them to hospital.

National Commissioner Bheki Cele has condemned the attack, once again calling for policemen to act decisively in a life-threatening situation, and not to fall victim to ruthless criminals.

The three police officers were seriously wounded at a house in Tin Town in the Gamalakhe area near Margate.

According to Senior Superinten­dent Vishnu Naidoo, Inspector Trevor Moodley of Margate had consulted the Gamalakhe station commissioner, Captain Michelle Pitout, after his house had been broken into.

Initially, two suspects had been arrested for the crime.

Going on information he had received, Moodley went to the Gamalakhe police station, since the case fell under its jurisdiction.

This led Pitout, Moodley and Detective Constable Grant Phehlukhwayo to the house in Tin Town to make arrests.

“We are not sure what happened, or the circumstances surrounding the incident, but would assume that a shoot-out occurred where the offi­cers were seriously injured.”

According to Naidoo, reports of this shooting were received by police shortly after 8 am.

Police from Gamalakhe, Port Shepstone and Margate police stations all responded to the call.

“Inspector Moodley, in his woun­ded state, heroically removed his two colleagues from the scene shortly after the shooting and drove them to Margate Hospital. He is reported to be in a serious but stable condition,” said Naidoo.

Captian Pitout was immediately airlifted to hospital where she is reported to be in a critical condition, while Constable Phehlukwayo is in a serious condition in Port Shepstone.

Cele conveyed his best wishes to “our wounded colleagues”.

“These members have put their lives on the line to bring perpetrators to book — and they have almost paid the ultimate price — for which they must be highly commen­ded.”

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