A farmer and a farm attack suspect were shot and killed in the latest farm murder case to be reported in Weltevreden in Koppies in the Free State on Tuesday.
Free State SAPS spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, said police had shot and killed an alleged farm attack suspect in Koppies, after a gang of four men had earlier gunned down Johan Prinsloo,73, on his farm, “Bosloo”, in the area,
“An attempted murder and murder cases were opened for further investigation, after a man suspected to have been involved in the earlier attack on the farm lost his life outside a plot in Weltevreden, Koppies,” Makhele said.
He said the plot was located in close proximity to the farm where Prinsloo had been murdered.
“The police members including the Tactical Response Team (TRT) and farming community were already on the lookout for the four suspects when they received a call about a man with a firearm at the neighbouring plot,” Makhele said.
“Members rushed to the plot and noticed the suspect. As they approached him, he ran into the bushy forest and started shooting towards the police,” Makhele said.
“The members retaliated and suspect was shot and fell under a tree where he was trying to take cover during the shooting. His other accomplices could not be found,” he said.
Farm murder suspect shot dead
Paramedics arrived and declared the farm murder suspect dead at the scene of the shooting.
“A pistol with two magazines were found next to his body. His identity is not known yet,” Makhele said.
He said the suspect had a tattoo on his left arm with the word’s “3M4 Jonas Mosola” and the words “Diphoso”, which might help the police to locate the man’s next of kin to formally identify him.
Makhele said that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) had been informed of the shooting, while police were investigating a case of murder related to the killing of Prinsloo. He said the police were also investigating a case of attempted murder regarding the shots that were fired at the police. He appealed to the public to provide the police with any information which might assist them to trace the other suspects. Contact Sergeant Kagiso Mere on 076 715 1597 or Branch Commander Captain Theresa Lategan at 071 473 5672. Information can also be provided to Crime Stop Nr. 08600 10111 or via MySAPS App.