Constable arrested for murder

2013-06-10 22:53

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Johannesburg - A police officer has been arrested for allegedly killing a security guard in Emfuleni, in the Vaal, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said on Monday.

The 30-year-old constable, attached to the Maitland flying squad, allegedly shot and killed the man with his official firearm in the early hours of Sunday, Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini said.

The constable was at Zizi's tavern in Emfuleni Extension Six to buy alcohol around 2am. When the security guard told the officer the tavern had already closed an argument ensued between the two.

"The constable alleges that the deceased pulled a knife and threatened to stab him. He then fired shots with his official firearm, hitting the security guard in the shoulder," Dlamini said.

The security guard died on the scene. Dlamini said statements from witnesses did not corroborate the constable's story, and he was arrested.

He would appear in the Bluedowns Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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