Police retrieve gun stolen from slain Cape Town officer

2015-10-29 13:37
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Cape Town - The arrest of two hijacking suspects on Wednesday by the police in Kleinvlei has led to the discovery of a firearm stolen from an officer murdered in Khayelitsha on Tuesday evening, police said in a statement.

The late Constable Nkosiphedule Makeleni’s stolen firearm, as well as an illegal Norico 9mm - suspected to be the murder weapon - were retrieved.

But the arrest did not go down without resistance, as the suspects opened fire on police while they were busy processing another, unrelated arrest.

The chain of events followed the police's response around 20:20 when a hijacking victim reported his ordeal to police officers on patrol. They immediately started their search for the hijacked Opel Monza, spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said.

"Soon afterwards, two suspects, aged 22 and 32, were apprehended and the hijacked vehicle retrieved. While police were [busy] with the arrest, they were approached by two suspects in a VW Caddy, who opened fire on police.

"After the suspects were pursued to the Harare area, one of the occupants in the Caddy was shot and killed, while the other one managed to evade arrest. The vehicle was searched, which led to the discovery of the two firearms."

Traut said, while the circumstances surrounding the matter were still being investigated, they had reason to believe the suspects were responsible for the murder of Makeleni.

The officer, 37, was shot and killed in Kuyasa, Harare in Khayelitsha and was stripped of his service pistol while he was waiting in his personal vehicle at a school. He had returned from a shift at the Simon's Town Sea Border Unit only an hour before.   

Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekeli commended the arresting officers for responding swiftly to the hijacking complaint.

"We have now set our sights on the one suspect who escaped. In no time, he should also be behind bars."

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