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Cape Town cop Charl Kinnear shot dead

At the time of his murder, Kinnear was the investigating officer in the extortion case of alleged Cape Town underworld figure Nafiz Modack.

Investigating officer Colonel Charl Kinnear (left). Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG –Eyewitness News has learned that the investigating officer in the extortion case of alleged Cape Town underworld figure Nafiz Modack has been shot dead.

The officer is confirmed to be Charl Kinnear.

He was also involved in the investigation of Colin Booysen who is the brother of alleged gang kingpin Jerome 'Donkey' Booysen.

It emerged Kinnear had a target on his back for some time before being shot dead in Bishop Lavis on Friday afternoon.

He has investigated high profile cases over the years and was a member of the police's anti-gang unit.

It's unclear who was behind the shooting.

The Bishop Lavis Community Policing Forum's Graham Lindhorst said Kinnear's life has been in danger for a while.

“It’s shocking, but we expected it because there was another colonel shot last year in 11th Street and we learned that time that it was the wrong identity – it was actually meant for this colonel. There were police that were protecting him but then they withdrew, and this is now what happened. The community is totally shocked.”

Meanwhile, National Police Commissioner Kehla Sitole has expressed outrage at the killing of the officer.

The police have appealed to anyone with information about the crime to contact Crime Stop.

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