Man, officer die in Cape Town shooting

2013-04-03 15:32

Cape Town - A traffic officer and a motorist died in a shooting in Lavender Hill, Cape Town, on Wednesday, Western Cape police said.

"Two unidentified males approached the driver of a Toyota Corolla from the direction of Lavender Hill, while he was being issued with a traffic fine for a traffic violation," police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said.

"The driver was fatally injured and died on the scene, while the traffic officer [who stopped the vehicle] was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment."

JP Smith, safety and security mayoral committee member, confirmed the 35-year-old officer's death in hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the officer had stopped the vehicle for a broken tail light and that the men had approached him from behind.

"Two men have apparently been arrested. We are hoping the arrests will be for the right people. If not, the city will offer a reward for information and get the special investigating unit involved," Smith said.

  • bryan.torien - 2013-04-03 15:41

    Drove past this scene. Absolutely tragic that whilst doing his job this officer was gunned down. What logical reasoning can there be for this?

      the_gob - 2013-04-03 15:55

      Could be a gang related hit, then again, we live in a mad society so nothing will shock me as to what the motive for this tragic and barbaric act is. Hope law enforcement manages to catch the right people and may they spend the rest of their lives being a prison wife. Condolences to the bereaved.

  • Shelley Mager - 2013-04-03 21:43

    I am so saddened by this. How are traffic officers and police officials meant to withhold the law now that there is a target on their backs? He was simply doing his job and lost his life for no reason!

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