Cops kill axe-wielding man
Johannesburg - A man was shot dead by police when he allegedly tried to attack an officer with an axe in Temba, north of Pretoria on Friday, Gauteng police said.
Warrant Officer Lolo Mangena said the 50-year-old man was shot in the back and died at the scene.
He said police received information that the man was growing dagga in his yard.
When he saw policemen at his house, he apparently went inside and returned with an axe.
He tried to run away, but was caught by an officer whom he tried to hit with the axe.
Mangena said another policeman then shot and killed the man.
Police found dagga on the man's property, but could not say how much.
The officer's firearm was confiscated and a case of murder was being investigated.