Eastern Cape SAPS (South African Police Service) has warned that it’s not sensible to point a firearm or even toy gun at police members.
The warning follows the fatal shooting of a man who pointed a toy gun at members of SAPS in the province.
As it happened, Members of Motherwell Police Station were alerted by a concerned community member that a man is roaming the streets with a firearm.
“On arrival at Ngonyama Street, NU8, the members spotted the suspicious male walking in an open space next to Soqhayisa Senior Primary School.
“When they approached him, he pointed a firearm at them. One member fired a warning shot and after the suspect refused to drop the firearm, he was shot in the abdomen,” SAPS narrated.
The firearm was seized and later identified as a replica firearm. Meanwhile, the man was taken to the Livingstone Hospital. It was disclosed that he’s in a serious condition and, will be facing charges of pointing a firearm.
Last week, four gunmen were fatally wounded after they opened fire on SAPS members.
The members were conducting routine patrols in Gauteng when they came under gunfire from gunmen on the N12 near the Luthuli Informal Settlement.
“A suspicious silver Mercedes Benz was spotted by members on patrol in peak hour traffic on the N12 at the Putfontein off-ramp. This vehicle had been reported as hijacked in the Yeoville area in April this year.
“Johannesburg Flying Squad members ordered the driver to stop but the occupants responded by opening fire on the members of the SAPS which resulted in a shootout.
“One of the SAPS members sustained injuries when he was shot in the leg by the suspects. Accordingly, members responded to ward off the attack and in the process, all four armed suspects in the Mercedes-Benz were fatally wounded,” SAPS related.
Confirming this incident, Acting National Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlan proclaimed that SAPS will continue to ensure visibility on the streets of the country.
“(We will) confront within the confines of our laws, all those whose aim is to make life difficult for our people to do their day to day business without any fear.
“The response by our members…must be commended by all of us in that they sent a strong message to all criminals that crime and criminality cannot be tolerated,” Phahlan added.