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Watch: Off-duty cop shoots man in public [video]

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One man came second best after allegedly drawing his firearm in a taxi in the presence of an off-duty policeman in Durban over the weekend.

The incident was caught on video and the disturbing footage has since gone viral, showing the man lying on the side of the road after eight shots were fired in his direction.

According to Police spokesperson, Nqobile Gwala, the person who fired the shots was a metro police officer, who was travelling in a taxi when a fight broke out between two of his fellow passengers.

“The police officer intervened and tried to calm both parties,” Gwala said.

“The taxi was brought to a halt by the driver and the fighting occupants alighted.

“The suspect drew a firearm and pointed towards an unknown man.”

Gwala said the police officer ordered the suspect to lower his firearm which was, at that point, already cocked and pointed in his direction.

“The officer drew his state issued firearm and fired shots, wounding the suspects in the chest, shoulder and abdomen,” she said.

“A 9mm Luger pistol was recovered from the suspect, which police later establised was stolen in Eshowe during a armed robbery in Eshowe in July last year.”

She also revealed that the suspect was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate is currently investigating the matter.

“Chargs of attemted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition are being investigated,” Gwala said.

Please be cautioned that the footage contains graphic content.

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