Traffic officer ambushed on N7 for service pistol

2015-05-26 15:28

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Cape Town - Police are on the hunt for two men who robbed a traffic officer of her service pistol on the N7 on Monday afternoon.

The on-duty inspector was parked on the shoulder of the road between the Caltex Refinery and Du Noon when the assailants hit at 17:45.

Provincial police spokesperson Andrè Traut said the woman, who was on patrol in the area, noticed an armed man at her car door who demanded that she open her window.

After she refused to comply, the man fired a shot through the window.

“The 36-year-old traffic officer was not hurt by the shot, but sustained slight injuries from the breaking glass,” he said.

“The suspect, who was accompanied by another on the passenger side of the vehicle, then proceeded to rob the officer of her service pistol and extra magazine.”

The duo then fled into Du Noon.

Cases of attempted murder and armed robbery are being investigated.

MEC for transport and public works, Donald Grant, said the officer was treated at the Milnerton Medi-Clinic and had since been discharged.

“This shooting was an unconscionable act of violence, not just against [the inspector], but against law and order and the values that underpin our democracy.

“We must do all we can to send a strong message to those who take up arms in criminal acts of violence against our law enforcement officers,” he said.

“Officials such as [the] inspector are doing their duty in trying to ensure the safety of our road users. This attack shows the extent to which criminals will go in order to prevent this.”

Read more on:    donald grant  |  cape town  |  crime

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