Cape metro traffic cops wounded in highway shooting

09:43 (GMT+2) Mon, 11 Feb 2019

The City of Cape Town is offering a reward of R50.000 for any information on the whereabouts of the suspects behind a shooting on the N2 in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said camera operators reported rocks on the highway near Borcherds Quarry and two metro police officers were dispatched to investigate just after 2 am. 

"Officers responded, but in the meantime, a motorist drove over the rocks and stopped on the side of the road to attend to a burst tyre. While doing so, another vehicle pulled up and one of the occupants shot the motorist," Smith said. 

When the officers arrived on the scene, they too were shot at.

"The female officer was wounded in the left leg and her colleague was shot in the upper right leg and left the side of his groin. Both officers are44-years-old." 

Smith said the suspect fled with a firearm belonging to one of the officers, a radio and some of their personal belongings.

The officers have been admitted to hospital and will receive trauma counselling, and support through the City's Employee Assistance Programme.

Smith said there were no details about the motorist's condition at this stage.

-African News Agency (ANA)