11 arrested for cop's murder at Limpopo funeral

It’s understood mourners mistook a cop for a criminal when he arrived at the funeral to arrest a man.

FILE: The suspects will appear in court soon. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - Eleven people have been arrested over night who are believed to be involved in the murder of Limpopo police officer who was shot dead allegedly by funeral-goers who mistook him for a criminal.

Ten men and one woman, aged between 26 and 48, were arrested in a multi-disciplinary operation throughout last night.

The warrant officer was part of a team tracking down a suspect wanted for crimes committed in the brits North West area.

The police's Ronel Otto says the suspects will appear in court soon.

"The suspects were arrested during special operations in the area last night. The fire arm, which was stolen and used to shoot and kill the deceased, was also retrieved from where it was buried in the ground."

It's understood the mourners mistook the officer for a criminal when he arrived at the grave site to arrest a man.

The warrant officer was part of a team tracking down a suspect wanted for crimes committed in Brits.

It's believed the alleged criminal was attending the funeral of one of his alleged victims.

The officer managed to arrest the suspect during the funeral service at the Madibong Village and screamed for assistance from his colleagues.

The police's Ronel Otto said, "Our members retreated but the deceased was cornered. His firearm was taken from him and he was shot in the head. Unfortunately, the suspects they came to arrest managed to flee in the process."

She added that despite police members identifying themselves, they were still attacked.