Cape Town – An inquest case has been opened by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) after a man stormed the Jane Furse police station in Limpopo, disarmed a police officer on duty, and held the rest of the police members hostage.
According to a statement, the suspect, who was later shot dead by members of the Tactical Response Team, even threatened to kill the police officers.
Ipid spokesperson Lizzy Suping said that the deceased entered the police station on Monday around 20:00
“It is alleged that the deceased entered the Jane Furse police station on 28 March 2022 at about 8pm. He grabbed the firearm arm from the thigh holster of one of the police officers who was busy executing his Community Service Centre duties (CSC). He (the deceased) held police members hostage and promised to kill them,” said Suping.
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She added: “The other members from the CSC unit were able to inform their counterparts about the hostage drama. A hostage negotiator was brought in together with members from the Tactical Response Team for backup.”
However, the deceased refused to surrender himself following requests from the hostage negotiator.
“The Tactical team entered the office where the deceased was firing shots from and police members retaliated,” said Suping.
The deceased was also found with found to be in possession of used Nyaope sachets and an injection.
An inquest case to his death has been opened.
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Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo