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Cop disarmed & killed near Somerset West

Police say there was an altercation, and then the suspect disarmed the police officer and shot him.

Police tape generic. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are mourning the death of a 25-year-old constable.

The officer was shot and killed in a shootout with a suspect in the Sir Lowry's Pass area on Tuesday near Somerset West.

The suspect was also killed in the shooting.

Police say two officers from Somerset West police station approached the suspect at an informal settlement.

The police's Andre Traut, says there was an altercation, and then the suspect disarmed the police officer and shot him with his official firearm.

"The suspect then fled and was pursued by the police constable, during that shootout, the police officer was fatally wounded.

During an attempt to arrest the suspect, he was shot and killed.

The wounded sergeant remained behind while the man was pursued by the constable, who also called for back-up. He is receiving treatment in hospital.