A 32-year-old police constable was stabbed to death in De Deur, Gauteng, on Thursday morning while trying to apprehend an alleged drug dealer

(Image source: ANA Newswire)

A 26-year-old suspect has been arrested and will be facing a charge of murder

South Africa’s national police commissioner, general Khehla John Sitole, called the officer’s death “senseless”.

“I am sincerely saddened by the senseless killing of this young member. He had just started his career in the service with a lot of passion and energy, [which is why] he pursued a dangerous suspect without any hesitation. He died a hero,” said Sitole.

According to Sitole’s spokesperson, brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, the murder took place when members of the De Deur crime prevention unit were tracing alleged drug dealers at Weilers Farm (Majasana).

“On searching the area, two suspects were spotted and upon seeing the police vehicle, immediately fled in different directions. The police gave chase on foot.

“The constable in hot pursuit cornered one suspect. However, the suspect overpowered the constable and fatally stabbed him in the chest, took the member’s service pistol and fired a shot,” said Naidoo.

The other members of the team responded to the gunshot and found the alleged suspect with a firearm. They fired towards the suspect and he fell to the ground. He was found with a bloodied knife, suspected to have been the one used to take the life of the deceased member, said Naidoo.

“The member’s official firearm was recovered. He was 32-years-old and graduated from the police academy in December 2018,” said Naidoo.

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