Top Durban metro cop 'shot 7 times in the head'

2015-11-11 14:37
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Durban - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the bloody slaying of top Durban Metro Police officer Innocent Chamane, after it emerged he had been gunned down in a hit-style killing.

Chamane was killed at his home near Inanda Dam late on Tuesday night.

- Read more: Top Durban metro cop killed

News24 can reveal that Chamane had been shot seven times in the head, and also sustained gunshot wounds to his body.

Two police sources with knowledge of the investigation said that thirteen spent cartridges were recovered by forensic technicians from the crime scene.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the motive for the killing was still unknown.

"No arrests have been made at this stage," he said.

Controversy

Chamane courted controversy during his tenure in the police’s logistics unit, and was reportedly linked to several scandals that beset the beleaguered force.

In June, News24 reported that the situation at the Metro Police K9 Unit had reached crisis point with shortages of dog food and shampoo, and many of the police dogs missing inoculations because of outstanding veterinary bills.

So dire was the situation that frustrated police officers resorted to using their own money to buy essential items for their dogs.

Chamane caused further consternation by turning away donations of dog food after the story was published.

Prior to that, the unit was mired in controversy when he ordered that police dogs that were old or sick be put down instead of being allowed to see out their days with their handlers.

In 2014, the Sunday Tribune reported that a rift between Metro Police officers and their management led to the deliberate spoiling of over 60% of all hand-written fines, costing the city an estimated R30 million in lost revenue.

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