IT’S a war out there, with criminals becoming ever more daring in their attacks.
But the law also fights fire with fire.
On Saturday night, gunshots rang out on the M1 in Joburg as two Metro cops were attacked by armed criminals.
One officer was shot eight times. His female partner returned fire, wounding one of the suspects, who later died in hospital.
The other suspects managed to escape.
JMPD spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the dead suspect and two accomplices had attempted to rob the male officer of his service pistol while he and his colleague were setting up a speed camera. This was on the M1 north at the Marlboro on-ramp, near Sandton.
“The suspect shot the male officer in the arm and both legs. The woman returned fire, shooting the suspect multiple times.
“Both officers were taken to Milpark Hospital and the suspect was taken to Thembisa Hospital, where he died,” said Minnaar.
He said that an illegal firearm was found at the crime scene.
The injured officer is in a serious but stable condition.
Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba visited him in hospital yesterday.