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IPID probes shooting of suspect

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating an incident in Groblershoop where a 36-year-old suspect was shot in the leg while a police officer was stabbed with a pair of sheep shears.

THE INDEPENDENT Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating an incident in Groblershoop where a 36-year-old suspect was shot in the leg while a police officer was stabbed with a pair of sheep shears.

The mother of the 36-year-old man stated that her son was watching television in his shanty when he was pursued by the police on October 7.

“The police did not explain what they wanted from him nor did they indicate that they wanted to arrest him.”

She added that her son was shot while another police officer allegedly instructed that he be “shot and killed.”

She added that her son has to undergo surgery to remove the bullet from his leg.

Acting IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said the Upington area was informed of a shooting incident near Groblershoop on October 7.

“It is alleged that a constable police officer and his crew were looking for a 36-year-old man suspected of being involved in a rape.”

She added that the suspect was found at his residential address.

“He allegedly attacked a constable police officer with a pair of sheep shears.

“It is further alleged that the police officer retaliated by firing a warning shot. A second shot was fired, where the suspect was wounded on the right side of his right thigh.”

Langa stated that the suspect ran away. “He was later arrested and is currently in hospital awaiting an operation for the removal of the projectile in his thigh.”

She indicated that the constable police officer sustained a stab wound on his left shoulder.

“The sheep shears and pepper spray found on the scene was confiscated by IPID investigators.

“The firearm used by the constable was also confiscated.”

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