Limpopo cop killed in shoot-out

2016-04-19 11:23


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Burgersfort - A Limpopo police officer was killed in a shoot-out with a suspect in Mogashoa, Sekhukhune, police said on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old and his colleagues tracked a suspected armed robber to a shack in Mogashoa village at 01:00, Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said.

When officers surrounded the shack, the man opened fire and shot one officer in the throat, killing him. His colleagues returned fire, hitting the man in the chest. He was taken to hospital under police guard.

This was the second police officer to be killed in the province's Sekhukhune district this year.

In January, Warrant Office Boshego Joel Seloga, 57, was shot dead at a funeral in Jane Furse. He was part of a team of detectives tracking a suspect wanted for crimes committed in Brits.

Police found him in Madibeng village, at the funeral of a resident who had been killed the previous week. When undercover police tried to apprehend him, he called out for help.

Mourners apparently thought the officers were criminals and chased them away. They cornered Seloga and shot him with his own gun.

Police arrested 10 men and a woman for the killing.

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