WATCH | Cop shot dead in dramatic armed robbery at Sandton traffic intersection

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  • An on-duty police officer has died after being attacked by a group of suspects at a traffic intersection in Sandton, Johannesburg.
  • He was driving along Katherine Street on Thursday morning when he was shot at.
  • The group made off with his service pistol and other items.

An on-duty police officer was killed after a group of armed robbers shot at him in broad daylight at a traffic intersection on Thursday.

The police officer was identified as Sergeant David Tsedu, who was stationed at the City Deep Port of Entry.

He was was driving along Katherine street in Sandown at around 11:00 when he was attacked, said Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

"The suspects are alleged to have robbed the member of his service pistol and other items before fleeing the scene in a getaway vehicle.

"The member was taken to a nearby hospital, but sadly succumbed to his injuries upon arrival."

A video of the dramatic armed robbery in Sandton, Johannesburg has been doing the rounds on social media.

In it, one person can be seen smashing the driver's side window of a white VW Polo at the intersection, while a second person grabs items from the passenger's side.

The person on the driver's side grabs something through the window and tries to open the back door.

Later, he leans though the broken window, unlocks the back door and grabs something from the back seat.

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The assailants run off and get into the getaway car on the opposite side of the road, before speeding off, skipping a red light along the way.

In the background, someone can be heard saying that the getaway car doesn't have registration plates.

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole condemned the attack and offered condolences to Tsedu's loved ones.

"The motive for the incident is the central focus of our investigation. We will not rest until those who are behind this brazen attack have been apprehended," Sitole said.

The SAPS is appealing to motorists and other eye witnesses to come forward and assist investigations by calling the Crime Stop hotline number on 086 00 10111 or downloading the MySAPS App on any smart phone. 

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