COP SHOOTOUT: Traffic officer Nizaam Alexander dodges serious injury from a criminal who shoots him in the back while the officer is writing out a traffic fine for a motorist on the N2 just outside Cape Town. Image: YouTube
Cape Town - A routine traffic stop turned into a dramatic shootout in Cape Town.
Dash-cam footage from Cape Town traffic officer Nizaam 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.
The gunman manages to surprise Alexander and fire a shot at pointblank range into the officer's back.
The traffic officer's swift reactions, despite being shot, saved his life. Alexander drops down and takes cover behind the Mercedes. He draws his firearm and returns fire.
The attacker escapes and evades capture. Incredibly, Alexander returns to the driver he pulled over to complete his traffic duties before seeking medical attention.
His bravery earned an accolade from the City of Cape Town: "His dedication to serving the public earned him the City of Cape Town Traffic Services Departmental Officer of the Year Award."
The City of Cape Town Traffic Services said: " Even after traffic officer Nizaam Alexander was shot at point blank range he continued to perform his duties."
Watch the footage here: