Hero cop’s fighting for his life

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May 12, 2017
Hero cop’s fighting for his life

Denvir Dirks, 44, is on life support. CREDIT: Supplied

The 44-year-old police reservist was shot in his head by skelm on Wednesday.

The police reservist who shot and killed a bread truck robber a year ago continues to fight for his life after he was shot in the head by a thief who stole his firearm while he was guarding another delivery truck.

Doctors fought for hours to save Warrant Officer Denvir Dirks’ life when he was admitted to the trauma unit at Tygerberg Hospital on Wednesday morning.

Denvir, 44, is currently on life support and may be moved to the Intensive Care Unit soon.

It is believed Denvir’s brain functions are slowly deteriorating as swelling on his brain worsens.

Meanwhile, cops have made no arrest in the case.

Denvir, who is a police reser-
vist at Ravensmead Police Station, was working as a security guard for a bread delivery company in his private capacity when armed robbers struck in Magalies Street, N2 Gateway, Delft.

An unknown gunman shot Denvir in the head and fled with his private firearm.

It is believed three armed robbers were travelling in a silver VW Jetta.

In June, Denvir shot and killed an armed robber while on board a bread truck in Delft.

One robber pulled a firearm and pointed the gun at Dirks, but it jammed.

Dirks then opened fire on the robber and killed him; two robbers fled the scene.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says there have been no new developments in the case.

Yesterday, Denvir’s close friend and colleague, Jamiel Spannenberg, ex-cop and crime fighter, confirmed he was in ICU.

“He is on life support and is being seen by a neurologist,” he says.

Yesterday, Tygerberg Hospital spokesperson Laticia Pienaar told the Daily Voice Denvir’s wife has requested no communication from the hospital on his medical condition.

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