Two cops shot dead during KZN police custody escape

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One of the police officers was reportedly overpowered and disarmed of his firearm.

Cases of murder, robbery, and inquest docket have been opened after two police officer were shot and killed by prisoners during an attempted prison escape in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

Provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the officers visited Inyoni police at 5.15pm when one of them were reportedly overpowered and disarmed of his firearm, North Coast Courier reported.

Zwane added the prisoner shot both officers. One of the police officer manged to fatally wound one of the prisoners and the other escaped.

Paul Herbst from IPSS Medical Rescue said: “Sadly, we report that both police officers were shot during the escape. They both died in hospital after succumbing to their injuries.

“One of the officers was shot three times in the stomach and airlifted to Netcare Umhlanga Hospital and the other was shot in the face and transported by ambulance to Netcare Alberlito Hospital” added Herbst.

A firearm was recovered from the deceased suspect who was in custody for a number of robberies in the area and surroundings.

The provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni strongly condemned the killing of another police officers in the province.

“I want to send condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of officers who were shot and killed yesterday while executing their duties. I am certain that we will find the suspect who managed to flee so that he can face the consequences for his actions,” she said.

This after a Limpopo police officer was killed while transporting a prisoner to Pretoria early this month.

The officer, identified as 52-year-old Detective Marius Bouwer, was allegedly decapitated when his car crashed into a wall on the N1 after he was attacked by the prisoner he was transporting.

The prisoner was severely injured and later transported to hospital under police guard.

According to Modimolle police spokesperson, Warrant Officer James Findlay, Bouwer was transporting the prisoner to Kgosi Mampuru Prison in Pretoria.

– Caxton News Service



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