Sydenham cop shot dead while trying to arrest suspects


Durban – Police officers in Sydenham were on patrol when they spotted a suspected stolen vehicle with three occupants yesterday at around 10:42 a.m.

Provincial police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala said police were approaching the vehicle when the occupants of the bakkie shot them. An exchange of gunfire ensues.

In the video, a police van is seen stationary next to a white bakkie that gradually comes to a stop by the side of the road.

The officer on the passenger side of the police vehicle jumps in and, the firearm drawn, addresses the occupants of the van.

The officer recoils as shots are fired. The driver of the bakkie and a man in the back jump and run away.

The officer limps out, out of sight of the camera.

eThekwini Secure, a nonprofit that runs programs in conjunction with community policing forums (CPFs) and neighborhood watch groups in the province, said officers Sergeant Mchunu and Sergeant Mdunge have saw a white bakkie with two male occupants and one in the back of the bakkie.

“They told the driver to move as he blocked the road.”

Officers decided to intercept the vehicle on suspicion that it might have been stolen.

“As Sergeant Mchunu descended from the passenger side, suspects from inside the vehicle shot him, he retaliated but was unable to continue as he was shot in his hand and thigh,” said the organization.

eThekwini Secure said that as the occupants of the bakkie fled, the other officer, who was driving the police vehicle, fired back.

The armed men are still on the run.

Gwala confirmed that the officer sustained injuries to his leg and arm and was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

“An unlicensed firearm was recovered by the police,” she said.

An attempted murder case has been opened to Sydenham SAPS for investigation.

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