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IPID investigating after off-duty Port Elizabeth police Sergeant kills robbers

Mar 11, 2019
IPID investigating after off-duty Port Elizabeth police Sergeant kills robbers

Two alleged robbery suspects were fatally wounded during the early hours of Saturday morning by an off-duty police Sergeant in Walmer, Port Elizabeth.

"It is alleged that on Saturday, at about 04:30, approximately seven or eight suspects entered the premises of a house in Rholihlahla Street in Walmer location," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"They split up and went to the flatlet at the back of the house. They forced entry into a room and the complainant (31) and his girlfriend were threatened by a group of three suspects armed with knives.

"The complainant was stabbed in the leg. The suspects took two cellphones and a TV."

She said that while this was happening, the complainant’s brother, a police Sergeant (36) from Mount Road SAPS Cluster Operational Command Centre, who was sleeping in another flatlet heard the commotion and looked through the window when he saw the suspects.

"When the suspects saw him, they threw a brick at his window. Shots were fired by the police official and the suspects were seen running away."

Port Elizabeth police searching for the other suspects

The TV set and a cellphone were left behind.

"One suspect collapsed at the gate and died. The remote control of the TV was found next to him. He sustained a gunshot wound to his upper body."

Col Naidu said that at about 08:00, another body was found about 200m further down the road.

"The suspect also sustained a bullet wound in the upper body. A cell phone was found near him."

She said that the Mount Road Trio Task Team detectives is on the hunt for the remaining suspects.

"The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is also investigating two cases of murder while the Mount Road Cluster Trio Task Team is investigating a case of house robbery and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm."

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