Husband shot and killed while getting wife out of police van in Phoenix, South Africa

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The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing a murder charge after a husband was shot and killed while trying to get his wife out of a police van.

According to Grace Langa, IPID spokesperson, police officers from the Verulam Police Station had given a woman a lift on Sept. 4, in Phoenix, Durban.

“When they were dropping off the female one police member wanted her cellphone number.”

When the woman’s husband saw her in the police van, he waited for the vehicle to stop.

Langa added that the husband then approached the police van to confront the officers.

“His wife jumped off by that time and she heard a gunshot. The police sped off. The husband was shot in the stomach and he was transported to Osindisweni hospital and then transferred to Prince Mshiyeni hospital,” Langa aded.

IPID was initially investigating the incident as a case of accidental discharge of a firearm but the man later succumbed to his injuries so it is now a murder case.

Langa said the police officers also opened a case against the husband, alleging that he shot at them.

“There is also a bullet hole in the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and it is at the station. Ballistics will be conducted in order to determine from where the shot came,” said Langa.

Investigations are ongoing.