DE DEUR - The South African Police Service says a recently graduated police officer from the De Deur police station in the Vaal was murdered in pursuit of alleged drug dealers yesterday. National police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili said the 32-year-old deceased officer and five others attached to the De Deur police station’s crime prevention unit were tracing alleged drug dealers when two suspects were spotted. Muridili said upon seeing the police van they immediately fled in different directions and police gave chase on foot. She said the constable cornered the suspect and on confrontation, the suspect stabbed him eight times in the chest. He took the member's firearm and shot him once in the chest. The other police officers heard gunshot sounds and came across the alleged suspect with a firearm. Police fired shots towards him and he fell to the ground. Muridili said the 26-year-old suspect will appear in the Vereeniging magistrate’s court on a charge of murder.
Meanwhile, national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole said he was saddened by the officer’s killing. Sithole said he had just started his career in the service with a lot of passion and energy hence he pursued a potentially dangerous suspect without any hesitation. She said he died with his boots on, he was a hero.