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Gauteng cop dies in hospital

2012-08-10 18:45

Johannesburg - A Gauteng police reservist died in hospital in the early hours of Friday after he was stabbed in Orlando, Soweto, police said.

He was attacked on Thursday when patrolling police approached a man thought to have dagga in his possession, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"When the reservist tried to search the suspect, he pulled out a knife and stabbed the [reservist] member in the chest."

The officer fired a shot as he fell to the ground. The man died and the reservist was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Mogale said

In Akasia, Pretoria, while police were trying to arrest a man who allegedly stabbed and wounded another man on Tuesday, "he pulled out a knife and stabbed the [police] member twice".

Mogale said the stabbed officer retaliated by firing shots, which killed the man.

She said the officer was in critical condition at a local hospital.