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Metro cop shot dead in Pretoria

2012-10-31 13:05

Johannesburg - A metro policeman died after being shot while on duty in Hebron, in Pretoria, Tshwane metro police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Console Tleane said three officers were attacked while patrolling the area, near Ga-Rankuwa, on Tuesday evening.

"They noticed a vehicle whose lights were not operational and stopped it, and issued the driver with a fine," he said.

"Immediately after issuing the fine, the officers were accosted by four men who emerged suddenly from nearby houses."

One of the men opened fire, wounding an officer in the head.

"His two colleagues returned fire and hit one of the men, but they all managed to run away as the officers turned to their colleague and rushed him to Legae Clinic in Mabopane," said Tleane.

The wounded metro police officer died after being operated on.

The attackers fled the scene with his gun, but one of them was later arrested in Hebron.

"He opened fire when the officers approached him and was wounded by police's return fire. He was found to be in possession of the stolen gun."

Tleane said a second, wounded attacker was caught by community members and was handed over to the police.

Police were still looking for the other two men.

Comments
  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-31 13:16

    My sincere condolences to the family. The senseless murders and crime will continue for as long as the spineless zuma and his incompetent anc ministers keep quiet and not take serious actions.

      thembi.neville.7 - 2012-10-31 13:50

      Zuma en his members have no say,bcoz they are working on their pockets,en forget comunity!

  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-10-31 13:21

    Police need proper training. I don't think they are well trained. We need to pay millions to the US to train this guys together with US marines. Another issue is corruption within the police force including Metro's. You will find out that they were extorting bribe from the poor driver and was told if he does not pay bribe he will be arrested. All police think they own the law. If they play by the rule shooting of policeman will go down.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-31 13:24

      Dude, seriously, no amount of training will help in a situation like this where people get ambushed. The fact they returned fire wounding one and then later arresting another that had the firearm shows these guys training enabled them to perform these arrests.

      thembi.neville.7 - 2012-10-31 13:55

      How can the police get a proper training while the ruling party Anc is corrupt,Is that clear???

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-31 14:13

      "You will find out that they were extorting bribe from the poor driver and was told if he does not pay bribe he will be arrested".... you need to go to the police with this very important pice of info. it will certainly help with the case.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-10-31 14:25

      Don't get me wrong. My condolences goes to the family and may his soul rest in piece. I have been in this situation where I was stopped by police officer at 02:00 am. They said to me "you are drunk". I said to them officers please breathalyses me, because i know i am not drunk. They say to me they don't use breathalyser, they are just going to arrest me because they suspect so. I got pissed off and tell them in their face that if i had a gun i was going to shoot them and get arrested for a real crime. Then they let me off. But you can see that those two criminals were extorting bribe from me. Lets relate back to the story of the ex-Blue Bull player who killed the Tswane metro police who was "trying to hijack him". Even if he was not hijacking him, training is lacking where a cop should understand that you cannot drive a car of a person you are arresting. The ANC spokesperson who sued the police for R5 million for wrongfull arrest where cops claimed that he was drunk, whereas he does not even drink, tried to extort bribe and end up arresting him without breathalysing him? Yes we have good and bad cops, the situation will always be two fold. I will wait for this guys to get arrested and will get a full story.

      kitty2wp - 2012-10-31 14:42

      our Police used to be one of the best in the world - and other countries used to take lessons from us - the operative words being "USED TO"!

      Willie - 2012-10-31 14:59

      They are been trained, i do not think it is adequate or they disregard the rules.Cops in general should not take things for granted, they should know that they are dealing with hardcore suspects at all times

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 13:22

    Glad to see the community working together to hand over these thugs.

  • zanelenomntu.magxala.9 - 2012-10-31 13:41

    I feel bad abt police who died in line of duty. My condolences 2his family n collegues. Am also asking n begging 2all police 2be more vigilant especially during festive season. Plz alwaz be alert @all times

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-31 14:09

    So very very sad and let me add my condolences to family, friends and all the Metro cops who on the whole do sterling work.

  • lvhukeya1 - 2012-10-31 14:10

    Life is too short hey' one minnute ur alive de next one ur dead.

  • AmuseMePLs - 2012-10-31 14:22

    May her soul Rest in peace. and as for those good for nothing thugs. let KArma and Justice deal with them.

  • ooijalana - 2012-10-31 14:39

    The police do not how to approach suspects. They always endanger their own lives in their manner of approaching suspects. They need to properly trained.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-10-31 14:40

    there are just "some" people who do not see that the Police represent the law - these "people" view the police as a threat and stealing their 'livelihood' albeit criminal acts. there are two acts i regard as 'cold blooded murder' and that is killing your baby and killing a cop.

  • Msika - 2012-10-31 14:45

    Pity he was not apprehended by the peeps from my community. He would have spent the night in a morque instead of a cell.

  • lebogang.molete.12 - 2012-10-31 15:46

    Thats south africa 4 u we live with a bunch of idiots, that dont give *#?/;k about human life

  • Agosi Mdzipa - 2015-07-12 20:55

    my sincere condolences to the family.now the chief of metro need to take complains more seriously some of the Tshwane metro police abused their powers and we don't have a proper channels to complain about them when you try you wont get a feed back.you wont even get a ref no for your complain.that result to a conflict.they make us feel as if we are not allowed to use public roads

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