VIP cop shot



May 26, 2016
VIP cop shot

AMBUSHED: Member of Cape Town's VIP unit. CREDIT: Sourced

Sergeant ambushed by three gunmen in Delft.

A policeman attached to the SAPS VIP protection unit drove himself to hospital after he was seriously wounded in a shootout.

The sergeant was attacked by three gunmen who opened fired on him in Saartjie Baartman Street, Delft, late on Tuesday night.

It’s believed the police sergeant was on his way to his Khayelitsha home after dropping off a colleague when he came under attack.

The cop allegedly fired back at his attackers before driving himself to Delft Hospital.

The matter has been handed over to the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations, the Hawks.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Lloyd Ramovha says the motive for the attack is unknown.

Ramovha says: “We are investigating a case of attempted murder following last night’s [Tuesday] incident at approximately 10.30pm, where a police sergeant attached to Cape Town VIP Unit on his way home after a day’s shift, was shot and wounded by three unknown suspects at the street corners of Sarah Baartman and Symphony Way in Delft.

“It is alleged the officer was approaching the traffic lights at the time of the attack. The brave officer managed to return fire at the assailants who fled the scene.

“He sustained a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and is currently receiving treatment at a local hospital where he managed to drive himself.

“[The] motive is unknown [and] no arrests as yet. Investigations are underway.”

Ramovha declined to release the victim’s identity.

The police’s VIP unit protects high-profile government workers, including politicians.

There has been a spate of attacks on officers recently.

In April, four cops were shot in seven days, leaving two dead and two in hospital.

Constable Lindekile Sikade, 39, was shot dead outside his home in Philippi East while leaving for work work.

Days later, Constable Baxolele Tshatsha, 32, was shot in the face outside a house in Gugulethu.

This was followed by the murder of off-duty cop Constable Luntu Nkabe, 38, who was shot dead in Delft after confronting another motorist.

And an unnamed 40-year-old Warrant Officer from Milnerton was shot in Joe Slovo while attending the a robbery.

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