Two men and a woman who shot dead an on-duty Standerton traffic officer on Friday afternoon were arrested by 10pm on the same Friday as they tried to cross the Lesotho border.
The traffic officer (37) died instantly after being shot three times while he was trying to issue fines for violation of traffic laws at around 3pm on Friday.
Free State police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Thandi Mbambo said immediately after the incident they were tipped off to be on the lookout for a black Jeep Compass with three occupants.
A car fitting the description with Lesotho number plates was stopped and searched in Maseru border post at around 9.30pm.
“During the search we found a R.A.P 401 firearm, ammunition and a traffic fine book,” Mbambo told 013NEWS on Sunday.
“They were arrested and charged with the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition as well as theft of state property,” she said.
Mbambo added that the three will first appear in Free State’s Ladybrand Magistrates Court on Monday before being transported to Mpumalanga’s Standerton Magistrates Court, where the additional murder charge will be added.
(edited by MM)