Gauteng Police have launched a manhunt for an unknown number of suspects who shot dead a warrant officer and wounded a Benoni Flying Squad officer.
Around 7:40pm Monday evening, police patrolling the N12 spotted a government vehicle parked along the highway between Delmas and Daveyton.
“Upon closer inspection, members discovered that the 53-year-old warrant officer was already deceased and his state firearm and handcuffs were missing. The member was shot in the torso,” police spokeswoman Col Athlenda Mathe said.
She said a second member, a 33-year-old police officer, was found near the bush in an unconscious state. “The member was airlifted to a nearby hospital for medical attention,” she said.
“The South African Police Service encourages the public to provide information to assist the investigation,” said Math.
You said that while this latest attack is seen as an attack on the authority of the state, the SAPS assures the nation that they have mobilized all resources to track down the masterminds of this senseless attack.
The management of SAPS offered its condolences to the warrant officer’s family, friends and colleagues and wished the constable a speedy recovery.
People with information are urged to report it to the nearest police station or call the Crime Stop hotline on 0860010111. People with Android and smartphones are recommended to download the MYSAPS APP from there they can also exchange information.
“All information will be kept confidential.
“The increased cooperation between communities and the police cannot be overstated. As such, we must ensure that we work closely with our communities to prevent and combat crime in South Africa and end the killings and attacks on our members,” said Mathe.
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