Two cops wounded in Cape Town shooting tragedy

10:29 (GMT+2) Fri, 11 Jan 2019

Two Cape Town police officers were shot and wounded during a hostage situation in which a man eventually shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said that the police came under fire during a police operation in Philippi East on Thursday night.

"At around 23:45 the Nyanga Crime Prevention Unit reacted on information about an illegal firearm at a shack in Siyangena informal settlement.

"Upon the arrival of the members at the address, shot were fired at them, and in the process, two members were wounded and admitted to hospital for treatment," Traut said.

"The shack was surrounded by police in an attempt to arrest the perpetrator. At around 02:00 this morning, the suspect shot and killed his girlfriend who was with him in the shack and then shot himself."

The woman is believed to be in her 20s and the shooter in his 30s.  

- African News Agency (ANA),