Wounded Ocean View officer stable

2019-08-27 06:01

The Ocean View police officer wounded in a shootout in Fish Hoek on Saturday 17 August is in a stable condition and recovering well.

A statement from Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut read: “Ocean View police responded to a business robbery in Masiphumelele and pursued the suspects who fled the scene of the crime in their vehicle.”

Sergeant Leon Fortuin, the spokesperson for the Ocean View police station, confirmed the robbery had taken place in Myeza Road. The suspects had been driving a red Toyota Corolla.

A high-speed chase ensued and the Ocean View crime prevention unit (CPU), travelling in two vehicles, managed to trap the suspects at the Fish Hoek sports ground on Kommetjie Road. It was there that the five suspects opened fire on the police and that a constable was injured.

Fortuin explained: “There’s an entrance wound on one side of his jaw, an exit wound on the other side of his jaw, and a bullet wound in his shoulder.”

The suspects fled towards the Fish Hoek sports grounds where three, aged between 24 and 28, were arrested. The fourth suspect evaded arrest and is being sought. The firearm, a 9mm pistol, used in the attack on police has been confiscated.

Elaborating on the condition of the injured police officer, Fortuin said: “He was put in an induced coma on Saturday night after the incident, but he’s doing well now.”

The three suspects arrested appeared in Simon’s Town magistrate’s court on Tuesday 21 August.

Lieutenant Colonel Jacqui Johnson, station commander of the Fish Hoek police station, confirmed that the suspects appeared in court and remained in custody.

“We are still working on the case, following leads and investigating new information. Anyone with information on the case can contact warrant officer Brinton Stafford,” she said.

V Call Fish Hoek police station’s warrant officer Brinton Stafford on 021 784 2720/2714.

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