'Cop killer' caught in Free State

2013-01-09 17:34

Johannesburg - A second man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of a policeman in Kopanong near Bloemfontein, Free State police said.

Police spokesperson Harry Nagel said the man was arrested on Dewetsdorp Road.

He was among four gunmen who allegedly shot dead Sergeant Molahlehi Ephraim Mokhasi, 41, during a robbery in Kopanong on Tuesday.

Four gunmen robbed a store shortly before 14:00.

When they tried to flee the police arrived and they ran back into the shop.

They re-emerged guns blazing, hitting the sergeant.

He died at the scene.

The robbers ran away with cash, a laptop, and a police service pistol.

Two kilometres from the scene other officers and the Bloemfontein dog unit confronted them. During the ensuing shootout a female constable from the dog unit was hit in the leg and hand.

A third bullet struck her bullet proof vest.

Another police officer was shot in the hand.

One of the gunmen was killed, and a second arrested.

Cases of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery were opened.

The two, aged 28 and 19, were expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Thursday, facing charges of murder, two counts of attempted murder and armed robbery.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2013-01-09 17:46

    Well done SAPS....

  • John - 2013-01-09 18:08

    NOW let US see the same enthusiasm in preventing and solving CRIMES against private people and PRIVATE property as they do for their public service MEMBERS!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2013-01-09 18:19

      @John your comments are always informative and i give you a thumbs up.

      williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-10 06:22

      Yes I agree fully with u.

  • mulis.muli - 2013-01-09 18:25

    i even take my cap out of my head,wel done SAPS

  • samgaf - 2013-01-09 19:04

    If more cops than robbers are being shot,means these cops are useless and untrained and are running around with firearms and shooting their own wives and girlfriends.

  • Sphiwe - 2013-01-09 20:31

    Those guys mean business unfortunately ladyluck was not on their side well believe me they'll get bail and do it perfect next time this is south africa

  • robert.j.traill - 2013-01-09 23:44

    I dont get it, if i knew my colleague was just shot and killed and I had the authority to shoot to kill I would have. Why satisfy the bastards by arresting them.

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-10 06:20

    Good work SAP.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2013-01-10 07:26

    the second guy should have been shot not arrested , he will be out in 5 years

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