Flying squad member shot and killed

Flying squad member shot and killed

A police officer has been gunned down in Soweto.


The 36-year-old constable had been conducting a routine patrol with two other officers when they spotted a silver Mercedes Benz at a petrol station in Molofo South.

The officers pursued the vehicle down Elias Motswaledi Road.

Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the occupants of the vehicle then opened fire on the officers.

“The Constable who was driving was shot in the upper body.”

A teenager was also shot and wounded in the ordeal.

“A 14-year-old passer-by was also shot and was rushed to a nearby hospital. The police member was declared dead on the scene,” Peters has confirmed.

Police say the vehicle's registration is fake.

Peters says: "As one of police’s specialised units expected to provide a quick response to priority, serious and violent crimes in an attempt to apprehend suspects and to limit possible further danger to victims, it becomes incongruous when those members who prioritise the safety and security of the residents of the country fall prey to senseless and audacious criminals.”

Gauteng provincial police commissioner Deliwe de Lange has condemned the attack on police officers.

“Whether on- or off-duty, the death of one member is one too many. Such acts will continue to be condemned as they rob the country of members who have taken it upon themselves to serve and protect the citizens of the Republic of South Africa,” he says.

The police is appealing to anyone who may have any information which could assist in the investigation to come forward. 

Call 08600 10111 or report to the nearest police station.

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