A MAN suspected of gunning down a police officer during an armed robbery a week ago in Port Elizabeth was arrested on Sunday after a six-day manhunt.
According to Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks Spokesperson, the suspect (24) was arrested by the Hawksâ€™ serious organised investigation unit at his parentsâ€™ residence in Algoa Park, PE.
He is accused ofÂ being part of a group of robbers that fatally shotÂ Const. Dwane Kemp (31) during a robbery at the Le Bon bakery in Central on Monday last week.
A shootout ensued when flying squad member Kemp and his partner Const. Musa Hans arrived at the scene where the robbery was in progress.Â Four of the suspects were shot dead, while the fifth suspect managed to escape.Â Â
According to police three firearms were recovered at the scene and have been sent for ballistics testing to establish if they had been used in other crimes.
Kemp died in hospital just hours after the deadly confrontation and aÂ manhunt was launched for the remaining suspect.
The suspect was due to appear at the New law courts in Port Elizabeth yesterday, January 29. He faces charges of murder, attempted murder, business robbery, possession of a firearm without a licence, and the possession of ammunition without a licence to possess a firearm capable of discharging such ammunition. At time of PE Express going to print details of his court appearance were not yet known.
The national head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, hailed the members for the arrest.