Man shoots cop who 'looked like robber'

2013-03-15 08:42
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Polokwane - A homeowner shot and wounded a plain clothes policeman who arrived to investigate a robbery at his house - apparently because he looked similar to one of the robbers.

Constable Judy Lekhola, 25, was shot after he arrived at the house in Sterpark, Limpopo, in an unmarked police vehicle earlier this week, reported Beeld.

The 41-year-old homeowner shot the Lekhola in the shoulder.

Earlier that evening, the homeowner had been the victim of a robbery. R8 000 had been stolen from him by two men who then fled in a car.

Two police officers, also in plain clothes, were busy taking a statement from the victim when another two plain clothes officers arrived and the robbery victim pulled out a pistol and shot Lekhola in the shoulder.

The homeowner was arrested and would appear on a charge of attempted murder on Friday.

A police spokesperson said Lekhola was part of a special crime prevention unit in the city that didn’t wear uniforms.

He is reportedly in a critical condition in hospital.

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