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Boyfriend of murdered cop hands himself over to authorities

JOHANNESBURG, September 1 – The 35-year-old man who was on the run after allegedly shooting and killing a female traffic officer and her mother has handed himself over to the Dennilton police in Limpopo, police said in a statement on Friday.

South African Police Services spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe’ Ngoepe, said the man was accompanied by his lawyer Thursday night when he handed himself over.

“During the process of detaining him ,he was found in possession of a firearm with one magazine without ammunition but the deceased traffic officer’s firearm, magazine and ammunition are still missing. The determination on whether this recovered firearm is the one which was used to kill the two deceased and whether it is licensed or not, is still to be done through the ongoing police investigations.”

Ngoepe said that it was alleged the suspect confronted the traffic officer Kotelo Tshepi, 26, who was reportedly his girlfriend, and her mother, Makitla Chileki, 62, at the Malaeneng Section in Ntwane village, in Limpopo, and shot them, before fleeing the scene.

“The police were summoned, reacted swiftly, and on arrival at the scene, the two deceased were found lying inside the their house with multiple gun shot wounds through their bodies. The police preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect is a boyfriend to the deceased traffic officer and that he fled the scene with a Toyota Conquest, green in colour, which was later found abandoned near Siyabuswa filling station.”

Ngoepe said the motive behind the incident was still unknown but domestic violence would not be ruled out.

The man will appear before the Dennilton Magistrate’s Court on two counts of murder soon.

Investigations are still continuing.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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