Cop kills suspect
01 October 2019 | Crime
According to regional police spokesperson, Inspector Linekela Shikongo, the incident happened last Wednesday afternoon after four police officers hunted down 26-year-old Kefas Ndevelo Shaanika.
“In the middle of September a case of robbery was opened against Shaanika, a resident of Uutsathima. Police officials were looking for him, but they could not find him.
“It was reported that after the robbery he relocated to Olumhelengwa. On Wednesday morning, a man from Olumhelengwa went to open a case of assault against Shaanika at the Uutsathima satellite police station. The man was assaulted with a sharp object and was bleeding from the head,” said Shikongo.
“Police officers decided to look for Shaanika at Olumhelengwa, but they could not find him. They came back to Uutsathima, where they found him at a cuca shop, but he decided to flee when he heard the police were looking for him.”
Shikongo said three police officers chased after Shaanika on foot, while another officer was in a vehicle.
“It was reported that the officer who was driving the car managed to get to Shaanika first. He got out of the car and ran towards Shaanika, who drew a panga and ran towards the police officer.”
The officer fired a warning shot, but Shaanika kept on running towards the officer with a panga. The officer therefore shot Shaanika and he died on the scene,” Shikongo said.
He said a case of murder has been open against the police officer and investigations continue.
Shikongo added that according to the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, section 49, a police officer on duty is authorised to use a firearm whenever his or another's person life is in danger.
“Police investigations are now trying to find out if the police official complied with this Act. The nation is currently in danger, as some members of the public are not complying with the police and all they want to do is attack them,” Shikongo added.