Alleged rapist shot after trying to escape from police custody, attacking cop

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  • A North West detainee has been shot after attempting to escape.
  • The man allegedly attempted to stab a police officer while trying to escape from custody.
  • He was arrested in connection with a rape allegation.

An alleged rapist was shot after he tried to escape from police custody in the North West and attempted to stab a police officer in the process.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing the shooting.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said the man was taken into custody on Thursday in Piet Plessis in connection with the rape allegation.

Cable ties were tied around his wrists and legs.

Later, when he needed to use the bathroom, police officers cut the hand ties. 

However, while in the bathroom, he used a knife he kept in his boots to cut the leg ties, Langa said.

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She said police officers searched the man when they arrested him but missed the knife.

The man attempted to flee but officers chased him to the back of the police station. He battled to scale a fence and turned on the officers, Langa added.

"Once he saw that the police had already cornered him, he produced the knife and attempted to stab one of the officers who tried to grab him. The police drew out their firearms and warned him to drop the knife, but he refused," Langa said.

Officers fired warning shots, but the man charged at them.

"[He] charged towards one of them without stopping and tried to stab him. The police [officer] shot him in his leg to stop him," Langa said.

Officers disarmed the man and he was taken to hospital.

A case has been opened against him and IPID is investigating the discharge of an official firearm.

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