A 53-year-old Cape Town metro police officer has been reported dead by the Western Cape police after being shot while on duty in Eerste River on Monday afternoon.
A report by police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, said the uniformed officer was reportedly attacked by two armed suspects very close to his home at Avon Road, Devon Park, around 15:00.
The police officer was found dead while his assailants fled the scene with his service pistol and hand radio.
The attack came after an announcement on Monday morning about training the city’s officers to equip them with skills to tackle the wake of increased attacks.
A city’s safety and security mayoral committee member, JP Smith said a total of 71 officers came under attack within a year. He described the increase in attacks as “alarming”.
“Chaplains have been dispatched to assist the family with trauma counselling,” Smith said.
Traut also said investigations are going on to determine the circumstances that led to the murder and the motive behind it.
50 city’s metro officers, traffic and law enforcement officers are to receive stress exposure training from the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the next two weeks.
The training is expected to equip officers with the skills to react appropriately in stressful and highly dangerous situations in order to survive the upsurge of attacks.
Meanwhile, a reward of R50 000 has been offered in exchange for any information on the two men involved in the murder of the Metro officer as police continue their investigation on the murder.