KZN police confirm one cop dead in shoot-out

2015-11-16 14:15
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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal police have confirmed that a police officer was killed on Monday after a shoot-out with a group of heavily armed suspects in Ginginglovu near Eshowe.

Speaking to News24, police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the officers were conducting routine patrols when they got a call about a suspicious white Toyota Auris.

"The officers approached the stationary vehicle that was parked about a kilometre away from a major shopping complex. They were immediately shot at. The 51-year-old officer was killed, while the other [officer] is in a serious condition after also being shot.

"[Contrary to] many reports, the suspects were not robbers who held up a supermarket."

Zwane added the suspects used high calibre rifles and 9mm pistols.

"The investigation has been handed over to the Hawks."

Earlier, IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said paramedics had treated the critically injured officer, who was shot five times and was in an "unstable condition".

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