[WATCH] Metro cops seen shooting at getaway car

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Metro Police officers can be seen shooting the tyres of a vehicle in a video which has gone viral on social media. 

Executive director of safety and security at the City, Richard Bosman, said Metro Police officers are often forced to take difficult decisions in the course of their duties due to the levels of violence they face.

The incident took place yesterday on R27 West Coast Road.

Bosman said the driver of the vehicle in the video went through a red light and when the officers tried to stop him, he drove into their vehicle causing damage.

“He then sped away, but when officers caught up to him and instructed him to exit his car, he refused, they shot at his tyres. The determination of the driver to evade the officers and avoid arrest, compelled them to take alternative measures to stop him,” he said.

He explained that Metro Police officers undergo regular training for such situations and took a decision to shoot out the getaway vehicle’s tyres to limit attempts to flee the scene at high speeds.

Bosman said this could have resulted in the injury or death of innocent road users.

“When he sped away a second time, officers followed him. He subsequently rammed through parking garage doors and entered a parking garage of a building where they followed and arrested him,” he said.

According to Bosman, the suspect refused to obey a lawful instruction to stop and exit the vehicle, but instead continued in his attempts to resist arrest and evade the officers.

“He had already caused considerable damage to property and risk to the safety of road users. Officers were forced to take immediate action in an attempt to immobilise his vehicle and this begs the question of why he was so determined to evade them?” Bosman said.

He said while Metro Police officers are armed for their own safety, they cannot ignore the responsibility they have in protecting the lives and safety of fellow road users and residents.

“This can be seen with the level of firearm use that our officers have come across in similar situations during these enforcement operations, such as with the discovery of an restricted automatic assault rifle last week during a similar kind of traffic enforcement stop.” he added.

The shooting has been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate as is the procedure.

Bosman said that all due processes will be followed.