Road rage cop held

2013-03-30 00:00

A POLICEMAN has been arrested for allegedly firing his service pistol at two fellow officers after a drunken road rage incident in Cato Ridge in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The two off-duty policemen narrowly escaped being killed when the off-duty officer shot at them repeatedly, damaging their vehicle.

The two officers, of the police tactical response team, were travelling from Durban and were on their way to a petrol station in Cato Ridge when an oncoming bakkie swerved into the lane they were travelling in. They jsut managed to avoid a head-on collision.

An argument ensued with the driver of the bakkie, who was allegedly drunk.

The two policemen then continued to the BP filling station in Cato Ridge. The driver of the bakkie followed them.

The argument continued at the filling station and it is believed that the suspect, who had three passengers, opened fire on the two officers, who were in a private vehicle.

Bullets hit the windscreen, bonnet and steering wheel of the vehicle.

The owner of the petrol station, Ravin Ramdial, said the Camperdown police were called as soon as the incident took place, and they responded quickly.

“The incident took place at about 3 am. To our understanding it was some sort of road rage incident and we did not know what sparked it.

“There were security guards and one attendant on duty at the time.

“When the shooting started they ran and hid in a toilet.

“Luckily no staff at the scene was injured and no property was damaged other than the vehicle which was shot at,” he said.

The two officers did not fire back for fear of hitting bystanders, but shouted for the policeman to stop shooting. They apprehend him and found that he was a policeman himself.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge confirmed the incident.

“We believe that the weapon used was a service pistol,” Mdunge said.

“The suspect has been arrested and is in police custody.

“He has been charged with attempted murder, firing shots in public and drunken driving.”

The police are still investigating.

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