Eastern Cape police allegedly shoot murder suspect in self-defence

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  • An Eastern Cape man has been killed by police, allegedly in self-defence.
  • The man was suspected of killing his wife.
  • He allegedly threw stones at police while advancing on them with a knife, which resulted in the shooting.

Police officers have allegedly shot dead an Eastern Cape man after they responded to a murder in Lusikisiki.

The man had allegedly killed his wife, using a knife, and then fled. Members of the K9 Unit in Lusikisiki and the Public Order Police attended to the incident and then pursued the man.

"The [man] was tracked down by a police dog on a bushy cliff which led the police to the exact place he was hiding, underneath the cliff. Allegedly, he was hiding in a position surrounded by huge rocks with only one entry point," Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Ndileka Cola said.

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The man allegedly threw stones at the two officers while advancing on them with a knife.

"As alleged, the officers could not run away as running in a rocky forest area could endanger their own lives or they could fall down the cliff. It is alleged that the police were left with no option but to defend themselves," she said.

"[The] police officers both discharged two rounds with their service pistols when they were confronted by the suspect."

IPID has launched an investigation into the man's death, Cola said.

A post-mortem was conducted on Thursday and IPID's investigator was in attendance.

"The directorate continues to investigate this matter," Cola said.

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