Cop’s ‘killer’ bust



October 3, 2016
Cop’s ‘killer’ bust

SLAIN: Metro Police Constable Ben Koopman

The 27-year-old suspect was arrested on Friday.

Seven months after metro police Constable Ben Koopman was shot dead outside his home, cops have finally made an arrest.

A 27-year-old suspect is expected to make his first court appearance today, after members of the Hawks nabbed him on Friday morning.

Constable Koopman, 51, was killed outside his Eerste River home on February 15.

He’d gone home for lunch and was about to leave for work again.

Two suspects approached him and the cop was shot twice outside his gate while his children watched in horror.

He was left for dead in front of his vehicle and robbed of his 
service pistol and radio. The radio was later recovered.

The incident was caught on the security camera of a tavern opposite Koopman’s home.

At the time, the City issued a R50 000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha says the suspect was nabbed in neighbouring Kleinvlei on Friday morning.

“The Hawks arrested a 27-year-old suspect believed to be linked to the murder of Cape Town’s Metro Police Constable Ben Koopman, 53,” he says.

“The suspect is expected to appear at the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court (today) on a charge of murder.”

Constable Koopman’s family did not want to comment on the latest developments yesterday.

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