Police officer shot, killed in court cells

Police officer shot, killed in court cells

Police have launched a manhunt after s police officer was shot and killed in the Thembisa Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning. 

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Photo: Wikimedia, Tony Webster

Joshua Shongwane held up three officers and locked them inside the court cells.

He then allegedly went downstairs and shot a police captain before fleeing.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said it's not clear how Shongwane got hold of the firearm whilst he was in the court holding cells. 

"Shongwane was an awaiting trial prisoner for nine hijacking cases committed in Thembisa, Rabie Ridge and Kagiso during 2012. He escaped from the court cells during 2015 and he was re-arrested. He is considered to be highly dangerous," Dlamini said.

"The province has been robbed of a selfless and dedicated member of the South African Police Service. I am totally disturbed by the brazen attack and disregard of our police officers by these callous criminals. I appeal to the Criminal Justice system to apprehend a suspect and ensure that he receives the harshest sentence. On behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Government, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the captain's family, friends and fellow SAPS members", MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said.   

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