Off-duty sergeant disrupts armed robbery

2018-02-22 06:00

An off-duty police sergeant stationed at KwaNobuhle was commended for his bravery when he single handedly disrupted a robbery in progress at a shopping complex in Matanzima Street.

“This member did not hesitate when he saw a robbery in progress. He reacted on his instincts when he saw three armed suspects running out of a local liquor store and drew his service pistol, so as to engage with the suspects,” said Sergeant Majola Nkohli from the SAPS EC Media Centre.

“Unfortunately one of the suspects saw his actions and alerted his accomplices who then shot in his direction. The member retaliated and a shoot-out ensued. One of the suspects believed to be wounded was dragged to a black motor vehicle that was used to flee the scene by his accomplices,” said Sergeant Nkohli.

Neither the police member nor a shopper was injured during the incident.

Suspects managed to steal an undisclosed amount of cash from the store.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga issued a stern warning to criminals and urged community support in fighting violent crimes.

“Police will be reclaiming the space from criminals, and also stamping the authority of the State. That message meant that criminals must start running away or face the full might of the law.”

This off-duty police sergeant has been commended for his patriotism and dedication in fighting crime. An investigation team has been launched to trace the suspects.

  • SAPS is urging anyone with information about the incident to contact investigating officer, Sergeant Andile Gusha at 082 441 8139 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.

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