Off-duty police officer shot dead in Isipingo

2018-06-19 13:17
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KwaZulu-Natal's Organised Crime Unit is investigating the killing of an off-duty police officer in Malukazi, Isipingo.

The 54-year-old warrant officer, who worked with the Umlazi detectives, was shot dead on Monday by six unknown suspects.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the officer was with a companion in his vehicle when the suspects forced him out and shot him, before fleeing with his firearm in a getaway vehicle.

The officer died instantly and his companion was injured in the attack, Naicker said.

Read: Three men sentenced to life for murder of Cape Town police officer

KwaZulu-Natal's acting commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi condemned the murder and said they would not rest until the suspects were arrested.

He said the provincial Organised Crime Unit had been tasked to investigate the case and would ensure that those involved in the attack were arrested.  

"I appeal to the community to assist our investigators by exposing those behind this heinous crime. One can only imagine what sort of terror these thugs will unleash in our communities, if they are so bold to kill an officer of the law so callously," Mkhwanazi said.

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