Police officer shot in shoot-out with suspects


A police officer from the Flying Squad Unit in Bloemfontein was injured in a shooting between police and suspects at a house in Joe Slovo Township this morning. Police spokesperson, Ikobeng Hlubi, says police followed up leads after an attempted car theft incident. Police turned up at a private house just after 04:00.

According to Hlubi three men opened fire at police. A chase ensued and a police officer sustained a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a private hospital.

Hlubi says one of the suspects was injured in the shooting. He is being treated at a hospital in Bloemfontein under police guard. The other two suspects were arrested. Hlubi says the suspects face charges of attempted murder and the possession of alleged stolen items after a police radio and an unlicensed fire arm were confiscated. The suspects are expected to appear in the local Magistrate’s Court soon. – Christal-Lize Muller