The police said that after drinking the water, the suspect suddenly produced a firearm and fired several shots at the police officer.
A POLICEMAN was gunned down in cold blood at his home in Inanda on Tuesday afternoon, the KwaZulu-Natal police said.
The 48-year-old Warrant Officer was at his Mzomusha home in Inanda with his family when an unknown man entered the yard and asked for water, the police said.
KZN provincial police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said that after drinking the water, the suspect suddenly produced a firearm and fired several shots at the officer.
“The victim was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Netshiunda said a case of murder has been opened at Inanda police station and that the matter will be investigated by the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (the Hawks).
Last week, policeman Sergeant Riaad Adams was gunned down while responding to a robbery at the Pavilion Shopping Centre in Durban.
Gunmen stormed two jewellery stores and assaulted a pregnant employee.
They are alleged to have opened fire during their brazen escape, killing Adams.
The latest crime statistics revealed that a total of 35 police officers were killed between July and September, 2023.
The killings took place while the officers were both on and off duty.
Most of the officers killed were shot dead.