Cape Town Traffic Officer Shot Dead

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A traffic officer was reportedly shot and killed after he allegedly arrested a taxi driver in Kensington, Cape Town, on Tuesday morning.

Western Cape police said in a statement that the 49-year-old officer was killed in Acre Road, Kensington, the officer had reportedly arrested a taxi driver over a traffic infringement.

“It is suspected that the traffic officer arrested a taxi driver on the corner of 5th Ave and Voortrekker Road and was killed in his vehicle en route to the police station,” said provincial spokesperson, Colonel André Traut.

Safety and security MMC JP Smith said the City of Cape Town was shocked, saddened and angered by the murder.

Further details will be revealed once the officer’s family has been informed.

“On behalf of the City, I want to convey my deepest condolences to the family of the officer. We will assist them in any way possible through this very difficult time,” said Smith.

Other staff members who were on duty with the murdered officer are undergoing counseling.