Cop, civilian shot dead at police station

2011-09-10 10:00

Johannesburg - A policeman and a civilian died in a shootout at a police station in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, on Friday evening, police said.

Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi said the civilian was a 29-year-old man arrested on Friday afternoon for robbery.

He grabbed a policeman's service pistol and shot the policeman processing him, Sergeant Hennie Steyn, 33, in the chest.

Other policemen then opened fire on the man, killing him.

Steyn died while being treated at a hospital across the road from the police station, said Hlathi.

  • Vernon - 2011-09-10 10:20

    Stay alert and you won't get hurt.

      Mr D - 2011-09-10 15:03

      True and no safety vest?

  • Ingie - 2011-09-10 10:20

    And how can they say crime is down and I see they say its down in gauteng..Bull Sh*&

      peter the gr - 2011-09-10 10:45

      The just say that to keep us quite and not revolt, thats all.... nothing else have changed, in fact crime increased.......

      GinSA1 - 2011-09-10 17:56

      ancyl4pres - climb back in where you fell out of at birth, and try again

  • Megan - 2011-09-10 11:37

    Just a question, because it's not the first time I've seen it but, why does the article start with Johannesburg when the incident happened in Mpumalanga?

      Sean01 - 2011-09-10 11:54

      Because it has been reported from Johannesburg.

  • GinSA1 - 2011-09-10 17:55

    The Aap Zuma said on TV the other evening that there are more VESTS than SAPS members in SA. Yet I seldom see any wearing them. And if you're in a Police Station 'processing' an accused, don't you secure him (he is under arrest.............)?

  • moiraine - 2011-09-10 21:07

    This headline makes it out like this is an innocent civilian shot, not a criminal. RIP to the cop and my sympathies to the families.

  • BigAl - 2011-09-11 11:04

    I was in the FNB bank which will not allow guns inside when a policeman walked in with his gun hanging half out of it’s holster, I asked a bank employee why this was allowed and was told that because he is a policeman it is allowed. So anyone could of taken the gun shot the officer and held up the bank and killed as many as he likes. JUST LIKE THIS STORY. The moral of this is – you live in a gun culture you get the problems that goes with it. Bheke Cele said that to many police officers die in South Africa each year, if he opened his eyes and engaged his brain he would see why.

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