- A brave off-duty Eastern Cape policeman sacrificed his time with his family on Easter Monday to take on a suspected criminal and recover firearms that were stolen in Gqeberha years ago.
- The warrant officer sprang into action after getting a tip-off about illegal guns being transported from Komani to Gqeberha.
- The weapons and ammunition were recovered following a dramatic confrontation between the lone officer and suspect.
A brave off-duty Eastern Cape policeman sacrificed his time with his family on Easter Monday to take on a suspected criminal and recover firearms that were stolen in Gqeberha years ago.
The warrant officer dropped everything and sprang into action after getting a tip-off about illegal guns being transported from Gqeberha to Komani.
Through his dedication and commitment, the officer recovered the following firearms and ammunition:
- A pump action shotgun that was stolen in Kabega Park in July 2017.
- A .303 rifle that was stolen in Algoa Park in December 2019.
- A magazine containing five .303 rounds.
- An empty R1 rifle magazine.
- Sixty-two rounds of ammunition of different calibres.
The weapons and ammunition were recovered following a dramatic confrontation between the lone officer and suspect in Maseleni Street, New Brighton, at noon.
According to the police, the suspect had allegedly opened fire on the Flying Squad Unit member after he had asked him about the two bags he was carrying.
"While waiting for backup, the officer confronted the suspect. The suspect started running with the officer in close pursuit.
"The fleeing suspect fired shots at the officer and managed to escape through a narrow gap between the houses. While running, the suspect discarded a shotgun and the bags," Gqeberha police spokesperson Colonel Priscila Naidu said.
She added the officer had pursued the suspect after he noticed him emerging from a yard in Maseleni Street, New Brighton, with two bags in his hand.
The police are investigating a case of attempted murder and an enquiry docket was opened after the firearms and ammunition were recovered.
Acting Nelson Mandela Bay District police commissioner Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso commended the officer for his dedication and commitment in ensuring the safety of his community as well as making sure illegal firearms were taken of the street.
"This officer has gone beyond the call of duty and his actions are a reflection of true service delivery to the communities. This officer knew the risks and dangers associated, yet he remained committed to the cause of serving and protecting his community."
Kupiso said the selfless act was commendable and a warning to criminals that the police were watching their every move.