Cop, robber killed in Free State

2013-01-09 08:00
Police. (File, AP)

Police. (File, AP)

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Bloemfontein - A police sergeant was shot dead during a robbery in Kopanong, Bloemfontein, on Tuesday, Free State police said.

Captain Harry Nagel said the 41-year-old was shot in the head outside a supermarket.

Four gunmen robbed the store shortly before 14:00. The police arrived as they tried to flee and they ran back into the shop. They re-emerged with guns blazing, hitting the sergeant. He died on the scene.

The robbers ran away with cash, a laptop, and a police service pistol.

Two kilometres from the scene, other police officers and the Bloemfontein dog unit confronted them. During the ensuing shoot-out a female constable from the dog unit was hit in the leg and hand. A third bullet struck her bullet proof vest. Another police officer was shot in the hand.

One of the gunmen was killed, and a second arrested. The other two were still at large.

Cases of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery were opened.

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