Cop shooter arrested after fleeing to the Eastern Cape

AUGUST 5, 2015

A 27-year-old suspect, Mvuyisi Nomnganga, appeared in the George Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of attempted murder, after being positively linked to the shooting of Constable Trevor Lindoor, which occurred in Thembalethu, George, on 18 June. Nomnganga was arrested in Tsomo in the Eastern Cape last Friday.

according to the police, Const. Lindoor and a fellow member were patrolling Zone 7 in Thembalethu during a Stop-and-Search Operation when they spotted a suspicious man clothed in a hoody and top walking along a street in the area.

They stopped the suspect and when Const. Lindoor approached him, he pulled out a firearm, shooting the policeman in the chin and through his right upper arm. The suspect thne fled the scene on foot whilst the other member returned fire. 

Lindoor was rushed to the George hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while the police appealed to the public for assistance in locating the suspect.

"Investigation and information received from the community took investigating officer, Constable Thembikile Mathwa of the George Detective branch, first to Frere Hospital in East London where the suspect had been sent to receive treatment for a gunshot wound to his buttocks," police said in a statement.

"On arrival the official learnt that the suspect had discharged himself and went back to his hometown of Tsomo. Subsequently he was arrested during the early hours of Friday; he was transferred to George police station until his first appearance in court on Tuesday."

Nomnganga was remanded in custody following further investigation, which seeks to link him to other crimes that were committed in the Southern Cape.

"He has already been linked to at least two armed robberies that occurred in Blanco and Pacaltsdorp in May 2015; and he will thus face further charges of armed robbery and possibly car-jacking."

The George/Oudtshoorn acting Cluster Commander, Brig Victoria Mavakala had nothing but praise for the diligence and commitment that has brought this suspect to book.

“We shall do everything in our power to oppose the bail application which is scheduled for 13 August 2015. We want to ensure that the suspect remains behind bars to account for his deeds in court,” concluded Brig Mavakala.