Cops killed in fatal shootout

By Drum Digital
17 October 2013

Two police officers were killed and another seriously wounded in a shootout during a police operation in an informal settlement in Philippi, Western Cape.

Two police officers were killed and another seriously wounded in a shoot-out during a police operation in Siqala informal settlement in Philippi, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Lt-Col Andre Traut said officers searched residences in the area on Wednesday night at around 10pm for people wanted in connection with recent armed robberies in the area.

"Upon entering the dwelling the suspects opened fire at police officers. During a shoot-out with the robbers, one suspect was wounded and arrested and his 9mm firearm confiscated," he said.

"The wounded police officer is being treated in hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition. The suspect is also being treated in hospital under police guard."

He said the police had reason to believe more people were involved in the shooting but managed to evade arrest.

Violent crimes against police officers were not taken lightly and the people responsible could regard themselves as "extremely wanted", Traut said.

"The Western Cape police management would like to express their sincere condolences to the families of the slain members, as well as to their colleagues.

"Our fight against crime will continue in all earnest and we will not be deterred by attacks launched at us," he said.

- by Sapa

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