Thursday, June 13, 2024

Manhunt Launched After Police Constable Shot and Killed in Khayelitsha

Western Cape police has initiated a manhunt following the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old police constable during a crime prevention operation on Wednesday evening in Khayelitsha.

‘’Reports from the scene indicate that members of Khayelitsha police station’s crime prevention unit were conducting a stop and search operation in Q-Block  at approximately 21:30 when they came under fire from an armed suspect. Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect,’’ said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

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Police said the identity of the constable will be released once his next of kin have been informed. It added that psychosocial support is currently being provided to the deceased member's colleagues by SAPS employee health and wellness practitioners.

Western Cape police commissioner, Lt General Thembisile Patekile, says his office will leave no stones unturned to find those responsible for the murder and attempted murder.

 “It is disheartening that police officials who are deployed to bring safety to communities, find themselves being targeted by criminals. Our reinforced deployments are hard at work in efforts to apprehend the suspect.’’

The Hawks has since taken over the investigation.

‘’The matter is under investigation, no arrest has been made,’’ said Warrant Officer Zinzi Hani, Hawks spokesperson in the Western Cape.

 

Done by: Veerle Kroon

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