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Hawks: Ben Koopman case at a sensitive stage

The Metro Police officer was shot dead outside his Eerste River home earlier this year.

Constable Ben Koopman was shot in front of his house in February 2016. Picture: Ilze-Marie Meintjes/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Hawks are hoping to make a breakthrough in the murder investigation of a Metro police officer soon.

Last month, footage showing the murder of Officer Ben Koopman was widely shared on social media.

The Hawks fear the footage could hinder their probe.

The constable was shot dead outside his Eerste River home earlier this year.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi has hinted that an announcement about new developments in the case will be made next week.

"We're hoping that we'll have a breakthrough soon, but in terms of the information thereof, I don't want to divulge it as yet."

Mulaudzi said the investigation is at a sensitive stage.

No arrests have yet been made.

Authorities believe Koopman, who was a Metro Police officer for 14 years, may have been specifically targeted.

He was gunned down and his service pistol and radio were stolen.

Last week the 53-year-old constable's family l aid him to rest at a funeral service in Eerste River.

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