KZN slain policeman was 'dedicated officer'

2015-11-15 11:55


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Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal policeman shot dead this weekend has been described as a brave and dedicated officer who continued to try and help a robbery victim even after he was shot.

Brigadier Jay Naicker said colleagues of Niren Ramsaroop, 40, who served in the police service for 21 years, were shocked by his death.

“They described Ramsaroop as a dedicated police officer who was always in the frontline of crime fighting initiatives.”

Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said detectives would not rest until they apprehend the other suspect:  “He will be behind bars soon.”

Ngobeni also extended his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ramsaroop.

The warrant officer was patrolling in a police vehicle, with a colleague, in central Empangeni on Saturday morning when they were approached by three women who said that they had been robbed of R110 000.

“The ladies alleged that they withdrew stokvel money from a local bank and were accosted by [two] men shortly after they left the bank," Naicker said.

Ramsaroop then spotted one of the robbers and grabbed hold of him.

“The man then produced a firearm and shot the police officer in [the] chest, said Naicker .”

Despite his injury, Ramsaroop managed to return fire, wounding the robber in the leg.

However, a short while after, the policeman died from his chest wound.

“The wounded suspect, 41, was transported to hospital where he remains under police guard," Naicker said.

The robber’s gun – which had its serial number filed off, was also recovered on the scene.  A manhunt is underway to track down the second man who is still on the run, with the cash.

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