Baby killed by police bullet

2013-05-13 07:39
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Johannesburg - A 1-year-old baby was accidentally killed and its mother injured after being hit by a ricocheted bullet allegedly fired by police, Gauteng police said on Monday.

Police were attempting to stop a crowd assaulting two men accused of theft in Mooiplaas, south of Pretoria, on Sunday when an officer fired a warning shot, said Colonel Katlego Mogale.

The warning shot then ricocheted, hitting the baby and mother.

The mother was taken to hospital for treatment, along with two police officers injured while stopping the crowd from assaulting the two men.

"The case is now with the Ipid (Independent Police Investigation Directorate)," said Mogale.

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