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KZN policeman shot dead by colleagues

It's understood the policeman earlier shot and killed a four-year-old boy and injured two other children.

FILE: A KwaZulu-Natal police officer has been shot dead by his colleagues in Melmoth. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - A KwaZulu-Natal police officer has been shot dead by his colleagues in Melmoth.

It's understood the policeman earlier shot and killed a four-year-old boy and injured two other children at his girlfriend's house.

The 27-year-old officer was killed after he tried to shoot his colleagues while attending to the scene of the crime.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The police's Thulani Zwane says, "The pistol thought to have been used was also seized and will be sent for ballistic tests."

He says two counts of attempted murder and two murder cases have also been opened at Malmoth Police Station.