Two shot in copper cable skirmish

2011-12-22 08:55

Johannesburg - Police shot dead a suspected copper cable thief and a police officer was shot and wounded in Soweto on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said.

The shootings took place around 03:00 when police pounced on seven men stealing copper cable in Protea Glen, said Warrant Officer Kay Makhubele.

"The men ran in different directions and officers gave chase," said Makhubele.

One man was tackled by a policeman and a scuffle ensued.

The man managed to grab the officer's gun from his holster and shot the officer in the left hand and left leg.

Police then opened fire and shot the man in the hand and chest. He died on the scene. The wounded officer was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

"The remaining suspects managed to get away but police are searching for them," said Makhubele.
The stolen copper was recovered.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-22 09:04

    Speedy recovery you brave policeman! Glad the thief got killed, 1 less for the already overcrowded jails to contend with

      Bardy - 2011-12-22 09:14

      Just shows you how brave these thieves are hey? Taking on a police officer and taking his gun out of his holster... Gheez! Our cops are brave people! Well DONE!!!

      Steward - 2011-12-22 10:49

      Not so much bravery from the thief as poor thinking on the police officer's part. Could have had two dead thieves.

      George - 2011-12-22 14:23

      The thieves * were 12 years old. What if they were older,Cops run (unknown *)

  • djmain1 - 2011-12-22 09:12

    Pity the others got away - they could have provided valuable info. These guys are just the minions, need to find out who the kingpins are and nail them hard.

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-12-22 09:47

      Scrap metal dealers, with smelters, would be the perfect place to start looking for the kingpins

      richard.hipkin - 2011-12-22 09:51

      We know who the kingpins are, they have been exposed on SABC3 in numerous occasions.. it is scrap metal dealers with smelters, I would say the majority of them..

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-22 17:29

      Copper thieves do legitimate businesses no favours. A scrap merchant buying stolen copper doesn't sell it at a discount and places a legitimate bona fide buyer at risk of a charge of receiving stolen goods. According to the rumour mill in my business, police officers are in league with copper theft syndicates. Among the stories that I have heard are police assaulting the driver of a lorryload of copper scrap from an established recycler. He was accused of being in possession of stolen copper, even though he had all the correct paperwork. According to my informant, charges have been laid against the officers. In another case, police intercepted a consignment of copper scrap outside an established recycler and diverted it to a "bucket shop". The stories just go on. It is vitally important to stamp out copper theft for the benefit of legitimate business, but I don't see it happening until the bent cops are out of the picture.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-22 09:35

    My experience locally may be worth hearing about - I our street alone, over the last few months, cables have been stolen on 6 occasions. We run our business from home, so the loss of power closed down our all computers - they are our lifeline. These "people" cannot MAKE anything....they can only BREAK EVERYTHING. Finally though, the tailpiece to my story is this may be somewhat encouraging: Joburg Power have "invented/designed" a new type of cable which consists of approximately 6 SPIRALLY wound cables in a bundle - this makes it almost impossible for these miscreants to cut with their long clippers.....until they find ANOTHER way to break it again..... :-)

      Ryan Holland - 2011-12-22 12:13

      House down the road reduced to cinders killing two dogs in the process as a result of power surge from cable theft. Thanks guys; I hope it was worth it. These poor people lost everything they owned for a bit of copper.

      DieSeL - 2011-12-22 12:49

      These idiots towing cables out with bakkies these days. Hopefully this new cable design means they end up leaving their chassis behind... LOL

      George - 2011-12-22 14:27

      They can and will break anything. You can have 50 people design something and already 500 are finding ways to break or steel it

  • Jason - 2011-12-22 09:49

    Nice one SAPS, I reckon when stumbling on a scene like this, ensure your weapons are in your hands, and cocked - shoot to kill these useless effing scumbags!! End of Story.

  • Thoka - 2011-12-22 09:54

    catch and put them on life cables, less costs on petrol, paper work. justice is done

  • Henning - 2011-12-22 09:57

    That officer deserves a medal I tell you. It is good to know that there are still cops out there who are willing to risk their own lives for the greater good.

  • MikeBrassellSA - 2011-12-22 10:17

    Brave maybe,, but how is it that the criminal manages to shoot the policeman with the policeman's own gun? Training or lack thereof?

      Gary - 2011-12-22 10:26

      Have you seen the holsters that cops are provided with from the state? My 5 year old could open in and take the gun out in a few seconds. If they want a proper holster, then they have to buy it themselves.

  • stalin.rudolf - 2011-12-22 11:09

    ho does one go after a cable theft suspect with his/her gun in the holster. inexperience and being dumd i say. if they were seven cable theives where was police backup. WTF

  • DieSeL - 2011-12-22 12:47

    Live by the copper, die by the lead... Speedy recovery to the officer!

      Gary - 2011-12-22 15:42

      I liked that comment.bigtime.

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