Heist cop shot dead

A POLICE constable who was part of a gang that robbed a shop was shot and killed in Giyani yesterday during a shootout with the police.

A POLICE constable who was part of a gang that robbed a shop was shot and killed in Giyani yesterday during a shootout with the police.

Bethlehem Mathye, of the Krugersdorp flying squad, was shot in the chest and died on the scene.

Police said they received a tip-off that four suspects entered a shop and pointed the owner with a gun and demanded money.

The suspects took cash, cigarettes, groceries and toiletries valued at R15000 and fled in a vehicle.

Police said the driver lost control of the car and it overturned. T hree suspects fled on foot.

One suspect was trapped in the car and was arrested .

The other three suspects were pursued and they fired shots at the police.

Police retaliated and a suspect was shot and killed on the spot. It was later established that the dead man was a police officer.

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