Two police officers, believed to be part of a Post Office break-in on Wednesday evening in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal were shot and killed when they opened fire on patrolling law enforcement officers, police say.

An unusual exchange bullet has resulted to the death of a male and female police officers.

According to an official statement, the  two police officers were shot and killed during a shootout with other police officers on Wednesday night.

The national police commissioner’s office said a team comprising of members from Crime Intelligence, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks), the National Intervention Unit and others were conducting operations to address crime patterns in the areas of Dalton, Greytown and Wartburg.

According to police, at about 2:30am, they spotted a police patrol vehicle approaching them.

Police officers on duty tried to flag down the police patrol vehicle but instead of stopping, the sergeant from the patrol vehicle allegedly opened fire on them.

On-duty officers returned fire resulting in both officers in the patrol vehicle, a male sergeant and a female constable, being killed.

“It is believed that the cash may have been stolen from the Dalton Post Office earlier last night.”

National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole has expressed utter disappointment in the alleged involvement of police in crime.

“The involvement of police officers in criminal activities will never be tolerated,” Sitole said.

“I have instructed the Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu Natal to ensure that this matter be thoroughly investigated and all persons involved, including police officers, must be brought to book.”

Two police officers, believed to be part of a Post Office break-in on Wednesday evening in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal were shot and killed when they opened fire on patrolling law enforcement officers, police say.

The police officers – a male sergeant and female constable – were spotted by a team comprising the Hawks, the National Intervention Unit and others, while conducting operations in the area, national police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

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Two police officers, believed to be part of a Post Office break-in on Wednesday evening in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal were shot and killed when they opened fire on patrolling law enforcement officers, police say. An unusual exchange bullet has resulted to the death of a male and female police officers. According to...