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17 June 2011 at 11:49 - Posted by Anonymous

Off-duty cop kills gang suspect


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An off-duty policeman shot and killed a suspected robber, whose gang has allegedly been terrorising a community outside Pretoria for weeks.

A suspected robber, whose gang has allegedly been terrorising a community outside Pretoria for weeks, has died in an exchange of fire with an off-duty policeman.

The man and his seven-man gang allegedly attacked a group of men in a Diepsloot tavern, killing two of them.

They apparently tried to hijack a motorist and were fleeing when the exchange of fire took place early on Thursday.

The gang are believed to have launched their attack shortly after the patrons arrived at the tavern.

Diepsloot police spokesman Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela said that in the attack on the tavern, two patrons, aged 37 and 40, were shot dead and two others were wounded.

“As the gunmen fled with cash and cellphones they attacked a motorist driving a Toyota Corolla, stealing cellphones and money in what we believe was an attempt to hijack the car.

“An off-duty police constable from Diepsloot police station, who was asleep at his home nearby, heard the commotion and got in his car and drove off to investigate.

“He saw a group of men standing talking to each other.

“(As he drove) towards them, the men suddenly ran off.”

Mavimbela said that as one of the gang ran away, the man allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting at the policeman. The policeman returned fire, killing the man.

He said police recovered a 9mm pistol, a bolt cutter and two cellphones, one of which allegedly belonged to one of the tavern patrons who died.

“We strongly believe that the suspect, who was a foreigner, and the rest of the men are part of a gang who have been terrorising the community and involved in street, house and business robberies,” he said. – Pretoria News

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