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Arrest goes wrong: IPID investigating after man shot in forehead

An arrest went horribly wrong in the Free State. So wrong say IPID, that it ended with a man bring shot in the forehead.


Photo: SAPS

With the festive season fast approaching, going about their daily work, is about to get a lot tougher for those in law enforcement jobs. Be it the SAPS, or even just security companies, the festive season always leads to a surge of arrests. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has revealed how one arrest went horribly wrong in the Free State this weekend.

IPID: Zastron arrest goes horribly wrong

According to IPID, police had gone to arrest a man over alleged damage to property in the Zastron area of the Free State. When officers went for the arrest on Saturday morning, the suspect refused to get into the police van.

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A wrestling match then got underway before the man allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket. IPID says he then attempted to stab the police constable and sergeant that were arresting him.

Despite a warning shot being fired, the suspect allegedly continued to attack with the knife. As the scuffle continued, the man was shot in the forehead. The suspect was rushed to Embekweni Hospital for emergency treatment.

The role of the investigative directorate

IPID has certainly had a busy week. The directorate is investigating an assault matter, after Helen Zille was filmed being manhandled and dragged out of a voting station by a police officer in Gqeberha. While that officer is being investigated, Zille is also being investigated by police and the IEC for her role. The officer involved says Zille was attempting to campaign INSIDE the voting station.

The investigative directorate’s action in dealing with Tshwane Metro Police officers who allegedly beat and sjambokked a man in Pretoria last month, has also been commended.

IPID says that the number of complaints it has received from South Africans against police officers, has soared since lockdown began.