Two shot in copper cable skirmish
Johannesburg - Police shot dead a suspected copper cable thief and a police officer was shot and wounded in Soweto on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said.
The shootings took place around 03:00 when police pounced on seven men stealing copper cable in Protea Glen, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele.
"The men ran in different directions and officers gave chase," said Makhubele.
One man was tackled by a policeman and a scuffle ensued.
The man managed to grab the officer's gun from his holster and shot the officer in the left hand and left leg.
Police then opened fire and shot the man in the hand and chest. He died on the scene. The wounded officer was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
"The remaining suspects managed to get away but police are searching for them," said Makhubele.
The stolen copper was recovered.