A man from the North Cape died after allegedly shot in the buttocks by a police officer who claimed she was attacked by the knife-wielding suspect.
According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), investigating the incident, the officer and her colleague were conducting routine patrols in Port Nolloth on Sunday when they received a complaint about a nearby brawl.
Ipid spokeswoman Grace Langa said the officers were going to the Scene in which they found a 24-year-old man with a knife in his hand, a wound on his head and a face covered in blood.
“He was approaching the police car on the passenger side, where the police officers were sitting.
“She rolled down her window and asked the suspect what happened to him.
” The suspect reportedly threatened to stab someone who pointed to a certain house. He suddenly turned and ran to the house he had pointed to earlier.
“The suspect allegedly ran to the gate of the house and found that it was locked.”
He told Langa the man turned his attention to the policeman, allegedly threatening to stab her.
She said the other policeman tried to stop the man while the policewoman ordered him to drop the knife
“The suspect walked up to the policeman and the policeman backed up, repeatedly warning the suspect to stop and drop the knife.
” The suspect allegedly ignored verbal warnings from the policewoman. “
Langa said the man’s family and parishioners also tried to intervene, but to no avail.
” The policewoman stumbled over a pile of sand behind her and while walking backwards landed on her back.
“The suspect then approached her with the knife in one stabbing motion while she was on the floor. He grabbed her gun in one hand while holding the knife in a stabbing position. “
Langa said the officer allegedly pulled the trigger on the gun” to ward off the impending attack on her. “
“The bullet hit the suspect in his left buttock. He turned around, walked a few yards and collapsed.
“An ambulance was called and the suspect was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
” He died a few minutes after his Arrival at the hospital. The policeman was not injured. She initiated a GBH assault case against the suspect. ”
Langa said Ipid is investigating a case of police deaths.