Off-duty cop killed while trying to stop armed robbers

(SAPS)
(SAPS)

Queenstown - An off-duty police constable was killed on Friday while attempting to stop six armed men from robbing a grocery store in Cala, near Queenstown, Eastern Cape police said.

Six men allegedly entered the store around 18.00 and demanded money while firing shots, spokesperson Colonel Sibongile Soci said on Saturday.

Constable Joshua Vincent Gungqa was inside the store at the time and attempted to stop the robbers.

A shoot-out ensued and the 44-year-old officer was killed in the process. One of the robbers was also shot and died on the scene.

An undisclosed amount of cash and Gungqa’s firearm were stolen.

The robbers are still at large.

A case of murder and armed robbery have been opened.

Acting Eastern Cape provincial commissioner Major General Zamuthango Mki sent condolences to the family.

“Our hearts go out to his loved ones and close colleagues during this difficult time. SAPS will provide all the support possible to the bereaved family.”

Mki said police officers would not be deterred from fighting crime.

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