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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Cop dies in Pretoria shootout

Cop dies in Pta shootout
18/06/2008 12:30 - (SA)

Johannesburg - A 37-year-old policeman was shot and killed in a shootout after police responded to an ATM bombing in Kilner Park, Pretoria, police said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Inspector Klaas van der Kooi said at least 10 people opened fire at the two police vehicles that arrived at the scene at an Engine garage at around 03:00.

"Ten suspects with automatic rifles opened fire and wounded a police officer in the head. He lost control of his vehicle, which overturned and fell top of him," Kooi said.

The policeman died at the scene.

Kooi said the men fled in four different cars including a Volkswagen bakkie which they hijacked from the garage. They also made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police were investigating, said van der Kooi.