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2016-02-05 14:31

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: A suspect, believed to have shot traffic officer Nizaam Alexander at point-blank range along the N2 in Cape Town, has been apprehended. Image: YouTube

Cape Town - The brazen criminal, who shot a traffic officer at point-blank range during a routine traffic stop along the N2, is in custody, according to the City of Cape Town.

Earlier in January, Wheels24 reported that a Cape Town metro police officer Nizaam Alexander was shot during a routine patrol. The ordeal was captured on film by the officer's dash-cam.

Cape Town's Mayoral Committee member for Safety and Security Alderman, JP Smith, revealed to News24 that a suspect has been apprehended in an exclusive interview on Friday (February 5).

Watch: Cape Town traffic cop shot in N2 shootout

Smith said: "The suspect was caught earlier this week and the police now have someone in custody. It's not completely confirmed but we pretty sure that we have our guy.

"Our special investigations unit has been working with SAPS to get that out and we released the video in parts so that people could see the person. It's not great footage of him but people who know him intimately might recognise him and that seems to have paid off."

WATCH: Suspect in N2 point-blank shooting in custody

Horror shooting

The Western Cape government had released the video which occurred in November 2015. Dash-cam footage from Alexander's patrol car shows an officer pull over a Mercedes-Benz along the N2 highway just before the Cape Town International Airport off-ramp.

In the video you can spot a pedestrian drawing a weapon, however the gun jams, but the assailant is adamant in his attempt to rob Alexander of his firearm.


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