JMPD Officer Shot Dead After Confronting Suspects
A murder and inquest docket has been opened at Hillbrow SAPS following the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, according to JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla.
According to him, JMPD officer Vongani Desmond Hlungwane was shot multiple times and suffered injuries to his head, chest, and leg after a confrontation with suspects.
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“On Friday evening 29 July 2022, JMPD Operations officers assigned to the Buya Mthetho block patrol Undercover Unit were working on information received of suspects involved in multiple robberies in the Johannesburg Inner City.
Whilst conducting foot patrols in Joubert Park officers spotted five suspicious males coming out of a shop at Claim Street. Officers followed the males as they turned right into Wolmarans Street.
Officers continued to follow the males and as they turned into Wolmarans Street the males started shooting at the officers and they returned fire in retaliation”.
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“Emergency Services were called to the scene and officer Hlungwane was rushed to Garden City Hospital. Unfortunately, officer Hlungwane succumbed to his injuries and he was declared deceased at the hospital,” Fihla explained.
A murder and inquest docket has been opened at Hillbrow SAPS following the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer whilst in pursuit of suspects in Joubert Park, Johannesburg.https://t.co/fzS5lPG2e3 pic.twitter.com/GjCQ3xHbci
— Jo’burg Metro Police Department – JMPD (@JoburgMPD) July 30, 2022
JMPD Acting Chief of Police Thulani Khanyile and the entire department are deeply saddened by the death of officer Hlungwane and extend heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Fihla added that Acting Chief Khanyile condemns this senseless killing of officer Hlungwane, “and the department will do all it can in ensuring that the suspects are brought to book,” he said.
Any persons who might have witnessed this incident are requested to call JMPD on 011 375 5911 or SAPS hotline: 0800 10111.
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