A deadly shootout in South Africa’s Cape Town has resulted in the death of a police officer.
Two other police officers were also injured in the shootout in Delft south, Cape Town on Sunday.
Local media reported that an unknown man opened fire on three police officers who were performing crime prevention duties in Spekboom Street.
The man shot at the vehicle of the police officers. A second patrol vehicle that responded to the shooting, was also shot at by the same suspect.
The incident occurred outside a Spar in Sandelhout Street. The shooter was injured when three other police officers fired back at him.
Police have arrested the suspect who is in police custody currently.
National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole said in a statement that “The attack on our police officers this morning must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all members of society,”
Sitole also said “The efforts by the joint security forces to stabilise the areas of the Western Cape Metropole will continue as planned and we will stop at nothing to ensure that innocent people are and feel safe.”
Cape Town overwhelmed by crime
The city of Cape Town, in South Africa in recent weeks appeared to have been overwhelmed by violence requiring a national intervention.
The surge in violence according to residents is due to friction among gangs and the increase in gangster activities.
Many Cape Town flats have been run-over by activities of gangs with the government approving additional resources to tackle the crisis.
The South African National Defence Forces have been deployed to communities in Cape Town to handle the issue.