Prisoner escapes, two cops found shot

2009-04-02 00:00

Two police officers from Booysens in Johannesburg were found murdered yesterday, one in the Free State, the other in KwaZulu-Natal.

The two, from the Booysens vehicle theft unit, were taking a suspect from Johannesburg to the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court in Hlabisa.

The suspect was due to face charges of car theft.

The three were travelling in an unmarked Mazda 6 belonging to their unit.

Both officers had their service pistols. They also had an R5 rifle.

The first officer was found near Harrismith. He had sustained several gunshot wounds.

Motorists alerted the police to a body lying in the grass along the N3 motorway.

The policeman was not in uniform, but was identified as being a police officer by an employment card that was found on his body.

The policemen still had their pistols when they were found, but the rifle was missing.

Police believe the suspect took off with the rifle.

The second officer, who was found in the white Mazda 6 near Babanango, had also been shot.

It is believed that the two had stopped earlier at a fast food outlet in Harrismith to rest and get refreshments.

The incident is thought to have occurred just as they left.

Police believe that the first officer was killed in the early hours of this morning while they were still travelling, and that the second one was shot later.

The exact details of what happened in the car when the suspect shot at the first officer are not yet known.

It is not known whether the suspect had any prior convictions.

Free State police spokesman Sergeant Mako Mophiring said a case of murder is being investigated.

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