Robbers gun down and kill cop

Kraaifontain_7228 INSLA THE LINE OF DUTY: Police investigators examine the scene where a police officer was shot dead in Bloekombos near Kraaifontein yesterday. Photo: Bheki Radebe

Siyavuya Mzantsi

A POLICE officer has died in a shootout with two men, both of whom were wounded after apparently robbing people in a home in Bloekombos, near Kraaifontein.

The woman’s partner escaped injury, while one of the wounded men got away.

The officers came under fire when they arrived shortly after 5pm at the Jackson Masala Street house at which the robbery had taken place.

“They saw suspects running,” provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said.

“When they tried to block the suspects, one suspect shot the officer in the head.

“The second officer was not injured.

“Both suspects were injured and a firearm was confiscated. One of them was able to run away, but the police are after him.”

The man’s accomplice was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital. Lamoer said

a firearm had been confiscated.

He said the dead officer’s identity was being withheld until her relatives had been notified.

Police crime scene experts placed more than 10 cones in the street to mark the number of bullet casings found.

A pathologist examined the officer’s body, which police covered with a silver blanket.

This was the second attack on a police officer in the area. On January 27, an officer was wounded while responding to a robbery, Lamoer said.

The officer remained in hospital.

“We want to send our condolences to the family of our fallen colleague,” Lamoer said.

“We want to express our disgust and anger to the suspect who killed her in cold blood while she was doing her job and serving the community.”

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