Police officer arrested for murder in Somerset West

A Helderberg policeman is being investigated for murder. FILE PICTURE

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested a police officer for allegedly shooting a man to death on Tuesday.

The IPID spokesperson, Phaladi Shuping, said it was alleged that four people, two males and two females, were walking on the R44, Somerset West, at around 3am on Tuesday when a police van stopped next to them.

The police officers then demanded to search them.

“They complied and after they were searched, the police officers told them to go back home but they explained that they were going to buy electricity at the nearby petrol station.

“It is alleged that the officers did not want to listen to them and the four people were adamant that they have to buy electricity.

“One of the police officers allegedly took out his firearm and fired at them and one of them was fatally wounded,” Mr Suphing said.

The suspect was arrested and briefly appeared in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, facing charges of murder, illegal possession of ammunition and assault.

The suspect was remanded in custody and the case has been postponed to a date that must still be determined.