Police officer, searching for rape suspects, shot and killed

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Police officer searching for rape suspects, shot and killed
Police officer searching for rape suspects, shot and killed

The National Commissioner of Police, General Khehla John Sitole has learnt with shock about the murder of a police officer on Monday 8 July 2019. At about 20:30, Constable Ruben Dumisani Tshabalala, a Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) investigator was on duty searching for rape suspects at extension 6 in Soshanguve, when he was shot.

When police arrived at the scene they found Tshabalala with a gunshot wound to his upper body as well as another man with a gunshot wound to his chin. The police officer was taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his wound. The other wounded man is currently in hospital under police guard until we can verify exactly what role this man had played in the incident.

At this stage it is unknown exactly who shot the policeman. The member’s service pistol and State vehicle were recovered at the scene.

It is believed that the rape suspect which Tshabalala was looking to arrest, may have shot him.

The National Commissioner is appalled at the news of the killing of this police officer. “I have tasked that a multi-disciplinary team search for the suspect and ensure that justice prevails”, said General Sitole.

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