Man (37) arrested, information

2017-12-12 06:00

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man on charges of attempted murder after a police officer was shot in Tafelsig on Tuesday at 21:30.

Officers attached to Operation Fiela were busy with crime prevention patrols and stop-and-searches in Tafelsig when they saw a suspicious man sitting on the pavement on the corner of Nita and Rita streets. The man ran away when officers approached him and police gave chase on foot. The man turned around while he was running and fired two shots.

A 22-year-old constable stationed at Steenberg Police Station was shot in the right side of his chest. The bullet exited his back.

The constable was transported to Mitchell’s Plain Melomed hospital where he was stabilised.

He was later transferred to Melomed in Tokai for further medical treatment and is apparently in a stable condition.

After the preliminary investigation, the 37-year-old suspect was arrested.

A black Astra revolver with four spent cartridges in the barrel and two live rounds of ammunition were confiscated from him.

Mitchell’s Plain police are investigating a case of attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a licence, ammunition and a prohibited firearm.

V Anyone with information on the shooting should call the police on 021 370 1707 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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