Pretoria man shot and killed by police

It’s understood the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the incident.

FILE: Police say the suspect asked to enter his house to fetch his wallet shortly before the shooting took place. Picture: Saps.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have shot and killed a man after he allegedly opened fire on two members who had responded to a domestic abuse call in Pretoria north.

It's understood the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating the crime.

The police's Captain Riana van Aarde says the shooting took place earlier when the suspect asked to enter his house to fetch his wallet.

"The suspect proceeded into his room, got his wallet and took out his firearm. There was a struggle for that firearm and a shot went off aimed at one of the police officers. He retaliated and fatally wounded the suspect."

On Monday, South Africans were reminded that there is a difference between self-defence and police brutality.

Following a series of police killings, President Jacob Zuma has urged officials to protect themselves by all means necessary if their lives are threatened by criminals.

Zuma was speaking at the national commemoration for fallen police officers in Pretoria on Sunday.

Since the beginning of this year around 60 cops have been killed.

Crime analyst Chris de Kock said there are many who believe that self-defence by police is linked to brutality.

"Brutality on the one hand and where police have to use force in the line of duty: quite the distinction. I think that's what the president also wanted to say… here is that as long as it is within the law then we can be assured that the police know that law."