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Three arrested in Free State for killing a police officer


13 October 2020

Free State Correspondent/PretoriaLIVE

BLOEMFONTEIN – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, on Tuesday announced that they have made a breakthrough within 24 hours of the murder of Constable Ofentse Odirile Katlego Mokgadinyane (31).

“Mokgadinyane who was stationed at Park Road Crime Intelligence met his untimely death at his residence in Bloemspruit, Bloemfontein by two alleged gun toting suspects,” said Hawks regional spokesperson in Free State, Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn.

“The suspects forced open the back door of the house and gained entrance then opened fire on the constable killing him instantly. On Monday an intelligence driven operation comprising members of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence and the Tactical Response Team was established after information emerged on the whereabouts of the suspects.”

Three suspects aged 29, 23 and 22 have been arrested. They were found in possession of a 9mm Norinco pistol, one magazine containing live rounds, an HP Laptop and a brown wallet belonging to the late constable.

It was further established that the firearm seized was reported stolen in Henneman, a small town in Free State’s Lejweleputswa District Municipality.

“The suspects will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for alleged murder, theft and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” said Steyn.