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Five arrested for JHB cop killing

An officer was gunned down while he and a colleague were responding to a complaint in Jeppestown.

Police have confirmed five people have now been arrested following the murder of one of their members in Jeppestown this morning. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed five people have now been arrested following the murder of one of their members in Jeppestown this morning.

The officer was gunned down this morning while he and a colleague were responding to a complaint in Jeppe.

He later died on his way to hospital but the other officer was unharmed.

Three of the suspects were also wounded in the exchange and have been taken to hospital under police guard.

Four pistols were recovered from the vehicle and an AK47 was found after police raided the Jeppestown hostel.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "Five have been arrested following the murder. The officers were responding to a complaint about a suspicious vehicle and when they got to the scene they were shot at. One of the members died on the way to the hospital."

It brings to four the number of police officers killed in the line of duty this week alone.