Cop arrested after being caught with stolen car

Johannesburg – An off-duty KwaZulu-Natal policeman allegedly found in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle has been arrested, police said on Sunday.

A vehicle tracking company traced the car in Jacobs and followed it to Verulam outside Durban on Friday, said Colonel Jay Naicker.

"They pulled the vehicle over and confronted the driver… It is alleged that [the] suspect pointed his firearm at the tracking company employees who opened fire on him," said Naicker.

The policeman was shot twice on the shoulder.

He was taken to hospital under police guard.

"His state firearm has also been seized as well as the Toyota Hilux LDV that he was driving," said Naicker.

The 41-year-old officer faced charges of attempted murder, pointing of a firearm and possession of suspected stolen property.

A date for his court appearance was yet to be scheduled.

Meanwhile, provincial police commissioner General Mmamonnyane Ngobeni said she was disappointed by the incident.

"We will ensure that detectives throw the book at him as soon as he is released from hospital," she said.

"We will not tolerate police officers who are criminals themselves and you can be assured that disciplinary processes will be immediately initiated to get rid of him from the service," Ngobeni added.


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