Two men killed after allegedly attempting to hijack Cape Town cop

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A police officer shot dead two suspects during an attempted hijack. (Photo via Gallo Images)
A police officer shot dead two suspects during an attempted hijack. (Photo via Gallo Images)
  • Two men have been shot dead, allegedly by a Cape Town police officer.
  • The officer was travelling to work when four men attempted to hijack him.
  • Two men fled the scene and were still at large.

Two men have been shot dead during the attempted hijacking of a police officer in Cape Town.

A police officer, attached to Cape Town Central police station, was driving his private vehicle to work with two other occupants on Tuesday morning.

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En route, at around 05:20, four armed men approached him in Mew Way, Khayelitsha, said Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Grace Langa.

"He was… approached by four gun-wielding males, and they attempted to hijack his vehicle whilst pointing firearms in his direction. He then fired shots at the African male who was standing on the driver's side and he also fired shots to the other male suspects that were also attempting to hijack him at the traffic intersection," said Langa.

One man was killed at the scene. A second man was wounded. He was transported to Khayelitsha Day Hospital, where he later died.

Langa said:

Two other suspects fled from the scene and were still at large. Two firearm imitations were found on the deceased.

The two deceased men, aged 19 and 20, were later identified as residents of the Island informal settlement in Khayelitsha.

Langa said IPID was investigating the shooting.

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