Shootout: suspect and policeman die in hospital

2012-05-08 00:00

A POLICEMAN and a suspect were killed in a shootout at Mthaleni Ward, Nhlanhleni, near Dundee, on Sunday afternoon.

A second officer was injured.

The policemen were shot by a man wanted for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said it is believed the two Nhlanhleni constables, who were in their late thirties, were returning from the scene of an arson case when they spotted the 32-year-old suspect.

As they stopped their vehicle the man opened fire on them, hitting one policeman in the abdomen and the second in the right arm.

“The policeman with the wounded arm managed to shoot back and the suspect was wounded in the neck.

All three men were rushed to the Church of Scotland Hospital where the policeman with the abdominal wound and the suspect died, Mdunge said.

He said charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm were being investigated.

The names of the men have been withheld until their families have been told of their deaths.

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