Manhunt for suspect after police officer gunned down in front of wife and daughter

22 March 2019 - 07:06 By Nico Gous
The scene where a police officer was shot dead on March 21 2019 in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.
The scene where a police officer was shot dead on March 21 2019 in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni.
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Police are hunting for suspects who shot dead an off-duty police officer in front of his wife and daughter at Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, on Human Rights Day on Thursday.

“Preliminary information reveals that the wife and daughter of the deceased officer fell victim to a robbery inside a store, during which time the store owner activated the security alarm,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.

“The daughter managed to run out of the store to alert her father [the warrant officer], who had parked his vehicle close to the entrance. In response to the alarm and the daughter’s cry, the deceased allegedly ran into the store and was then shot at from behind by the suspects.”

The police officer was certified dead on the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela said: “Let me extend our heartfelt sympathy to the wife and daughter who had to witness this tragic loss of life of their husband and father.

"Condolences to his entire family and all those close to him, too. We will do everything in our power to find the suspects and they will face the full might of the law.”

On Human Rights day an off duty policeman was fatally shot in front of his wife and child in Vosloorus, the suspects were robbing a shop and the late officer was caught in the cross fire.

Posted by Suburban Control Centre on Thursday, 21 March 2019

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