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'He died protecting the community': Fallen Cape Town police officer hailed as ‘heroic’ and ‘courageous’

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Western Cape police commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile, paid his respects to the family of a fallen police officer in Lavender Hill.
Western Cape police commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile, paid his respects to the family of a fallen police officer in Lavender Hill.
Natasha Bezuidenhout

A fallen Cape Town police officer has been described as someone with courage and heroism and dying while protecting the community. 

Constable Ashwin Pedro, 26, was shot and killed in Grassy Park on Thursday at around 17:45 while on duty.   

Western Cape provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, paid his respects to the family in Lavender Hill on Friday.  

“Last night we learned of the untimely death of our member who was killed during operations by a person who has no respect for life, no respect for the country, no respect for the community, police or any other person. 

“It was our member who was doing his job to protect the community when he was attacked and killed by that person. 

“We came here today to visit the family and share their grief because their loss is our loss and the loss of the country and community,” he added that the suspect has since been arrested and would face the full might of the law. 

“We arrested the person, got the gun back and we are going to do our utmost best to ensure he never sees the sun and the court will make that decision.” 

Meanwhile, Lynette Pedro, the young officer’s mother said he was the eldest of four children. 

She was too emotional to speak further while her husband was at the mortuary to formally identify the body of their son. 

Grassy Park police station commander Colonel Dawood Laing described Pedro, who was stationed at Grassy Park police, as someone who was quiet.  

“This young man of only 26-years-old, he was at Grassy Park police station for six years of his life, very quiet and always doing what he was supposed to do. 

“And last night he approached the suspect, even though the suspect was much bigger than him, and in the process even after he was shot, he fired a shot at the perpetrator which shows his courage and heroism that he stood for. 

“He died protecting the community.” 

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