Kimberley - A 41-year-old Koffiefontein farmer was shot dead on Thursday night after he shot and killed a neighbouring farmer before opening fire on the police, killing one policeman and injuring another.
The injured policeman is in the intensive care unit at Kimberley’s Mediclinic Gariep hospital.
Free State police spokesperson, Colonel Thandi Mbambo, said that around 11pm on Thursday night, Warrant Officer Groenewald from Koffiefontein was on blue light patrol with farmers received a message of a suspicious vehicle at Dassieskop farm in the Koffiefontein district.
“She realised that the vehicle belonged to a neighbouring farmer, Coenraad Badenhorst, 36, who had allegedly threatened Paul Nel, 60, of the farm Dassieskop previously.
“Whilst on the way to investigate the complaint she called Nel to notify him be cautious and whilst talking to him on the phone she heard noises and Nel`s phone went dead,” Mbambo said.