“Off-Duty Cop Shot Dead in Limpopo Village: Suspect Arrested”

By | July 16, 2023

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The Limpopo Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has praised the quick arrest of a 30-year-old suspect in connection with the shooting of an off-duty police officer. The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday 15 July 2023 at Maijane village in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo.

According to Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Limpopo, the suspect was apprehended in Braamfontein, Gauteng, on Saturday afternoon by a task team that included members of the SAPS Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI). The arrest came after community members reported a shooting incident near a local tavern at approximately 2 a.m.

Upon their arrival, the police discovered the victim, identified as 38-year-old Sergeant Terrence Kutullo Makgatho, lying in his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene. Ledwaba stated that initial investigations revealed that the suspect shot the officer before fleeing.

The police have opened a murder case, and the motive for the shooting is under investigation. The swift arrest of the suspect is a testament to the dedication and efficiency of the SAPS and the task team involved in the operation.

This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the dangers that police officers face, even when off-duty. It highlights the need for improved safety measures and increased support for law enforcement personnel. The loss of Sergeant Makgatho is a devastating blow to his family, friends, and colleagues in the SAPS, who are undoubtedly mourning his untimely death.

As the investigation continues, it is crucial for the justice system to ensure that the suspect is held accountable for his actions. The arrest is a significant step towards achieving justice for Sergeant Makgatho and his loved ones. The SAPS will undoubtedly continue to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrator to justice and prevent further acts of violence against its officers..

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