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Eastern Cape cop killed during armed robbery

Constable Joshua Gungqa was killed when six men ambushed a supermarket in Cala, near Queenstown.

Police tape generic. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - An Eastern Cape police officer has been shot dead during an armed robbery.

Constable Joshua Gungqa was killed when six men ambushed a supermarket in Cala, near Queenstown overnight.

It's understood the 44-year-old officer, who was off-duty at the time, tried to foil the robbery when the MEN opened fire on him.

The police's Sibongile Soci says, "An off-duty police constable who was at the store at the time of the robbery as fatally wounded and he was robbed of his state firearm. One suspect was also fatally wounded and a firearm was confiscated."