- A police officer shot two men who allegedly broke into his house.
- One of the men died and the other is recovering in hospital.
- The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the matter.
A burglary suspect has died and another has been injured after a police officer shot them when they allegedly broke into his house in Bloemfontein in the Free State.
"On Tuesday, the police responded to a shooting incident at a house in Papers Street, Heidedal, at about 02:00," police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said.
He said that when police arrived on the scene, two men were lying on the ground in the yard.
"One suspect was found with a bullet wound to the chest and he was declared dead at the scene.
"The other suspect was shot [in] the legs and he was taken to Pelonomi hospital for treatment, and arrested after he was discharged from hospital," Makhele added.
A police investigation revealed that the two men allegedly broke into a police officer's house.
Police found the police officer's plasma TV on the ground.
Makhele said that the vehicle the men used was confiscated after it was found without a registration number or licence disc.
"Further investigation revealed it that it belonged to a girlfriend of one of the suspects", he added.
The matter has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate for further investigation.
Meanwhile, the hospitalised man faces a house robbery charge.
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