2007-04-20 : Crime victim kills policeman in mistaken attack


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2007-04-20 : Crime victim kills policeman in mistaken attack

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-04-24 10:15

Crime victim kills policeman in mistaken attack
•Fri, 20 Apr 2007

By Shirley Jones

Shocked police have described a shooting that left one policeman
dead and another seriously injured as a terrible accident in the
line of duty.

Superintendent Muzi Mngomezulu said 48-year-old Inspector
Zakhele Phillip Nxumalo was fatally wounded in the early hours
of yesterday morning when he was returning from an investigation
into a cash-in-transit heist.

Mngomezulu said although many details were still unclear,
Nxumalo was driving one of the vehicles in a police convoy when
he was allegedly shot by a man believed to have been the victim
of a hijacking a few days earlier.

He apparently mistook the officers for his attackers, who he
believed were “coming for him”.

According to Mngomezulu, members of the Durban Organised Crime
Unit were investigating a cash-in-transit incident believed to
have taken place on Tuesday in Mshayazafe, Inanda.

Police searched a house and seized an undisclosed amount of
money. There were no suspects in the house.

They moved on to a second house but found nothing.

“As the police convoy was leaving the area, an unknown suspect
came out of the bush and opened fire in the direction of one of
the police cars. The driver, Inspector Nxumalo, was fatally
wounded and his partner, Inspector Themba Mbatha, was seriously
wounded,” Mngomezulu said.

Although the unit called for back-up and cordoned off the area,
the gunman fled the scene. Mngomezulu said police are
investigating a cases murder and attempted murder.

Although it has been established that the suspect (who is known
to the police) lives nearby, he was still at large last night.

Mngomezulu said he is confident that an arrest will be made

Published: 20 April 2007
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