IPID probes Kroonstad shooting

2012-04-02 21:25

Johannesburg - The police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), is investigating the death of a man shot and killed in Kroonstad, allegedly by two policemen, over the weekend.

The two constables responded to a fight near the local tavern around midnight on Saturday, IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said on Monday.

"They allegedly came across a group of men drinking by the roadside."

All the men left, except for 25-year-old Tumo James Masoko. The policemen asked the man to pour the liquor onto the street, and an altercation ensued.

"The man allegedly threatened the policemen with a knife. One of the officers fired warning shots and a shot at the man, hitting him under his left armpit, Dlamini said.

The man died on scene.

A post mortem would be conducted in Bloemfontein.

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