Metro cop’s gun taken in road rage episode

A screen shot from the video footage of the road rage.
A screen shot from the video footage of the road rage.

Three men have been arrested after taking a metro police officer’s firearm in apparent road rage confrontation in Pretoria.

This happened at an intersection near Glen Village Shopping Centre in Faerie Glen on Saturday.

One of the victims, Andre Otto, posted a video of the episode on Facebook where three men are seen surrounding a white car.

After a few seconds of what seemed like aggressive deliberation, one of the men is seen walking around the car, pointing a firearm to its occupants.

Garsfontein police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller said these events appeared to have been sparked by an earlier road rage altercation at a traffic circle.

The victim told police he was blocked in by a car after stopping at a traffic light.

“Three men came out and surrounded him. One of the men inside the blocked car was a traffic officer. There was a struggle between him and the three men and they robbed him of his firearm before firing shots in the air.”

He said the three men then returned back into their car and fled down Solomon Mahlangu Drive.

Miller said police were alerted and the men were chased down to Old Bronkhorstspruit Road where they were arrested.

“They were charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and common robbery and will appear in court soon.”

He advised motorists to avoid road rage altercations. Instead note details of the car involved and to report it to police.

“We are also appealing to the person who took the video or posted the footage to contact the investigating officer, Detective Constable Xaba on 072 726 0897.”

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Rorisang Kgosana
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