Johannesburg - A police officer's house was burnt down in Evaton on Tuesday afternoon, Gauteng police said.

Captain Doniah Mothutsane said the officer shot and killed a man who was trying to hijack him on Sunday. The policeman opened a case of attempted hijacking.

“We are not sure if the shooting and the fire are related,” Mothutsane said.

The murder and the hijacking would be investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

No one was injured during the fire and no arrests had been made.