Cape Town – Two armed men who killed a metro police officerin front of his Eerste River home may have been monitoring him for a while, aCape Town official said on Tuesday.
The City of Cape Town's policing and enforcement director,Robbie Robberts, said the area that Ben Koopman, 53, lived in was quiet and notreally affected by gangs.
His home was also in a side street.
Robberts said the killing had shocked him and it felt asthough he had lost a family member.
Killed in cold blood
"I ask myself the question, 'Why not just the take thefirearm and leave the guy?' He did not even have a chance to resist them. Hewas killed in cold blood," he said.
"Somebody must have known a cop was staying there orthey followed him from wherever and saw where he was staying and monitoredhim."
Koopman was on his way to work on Monday afternoon when hewas ambushed.
Robberts said the uniformed officer had been walking in his yardto his car when the men walked past and he greeted them.
The men apparently turned around and shot him from behind.
They did not take his vehicle. According to Western Capepolice, they ran off with his service pistol and hand radio.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed themurder docket was now with them.
No arrests had yet been made.
"The matter is receiving serious attention,"Mulaudzi said.
Community Safety MEC Dan Plato condemned the attack andextended condolences to Koopman's wife, three children, his friends andcolleagues.
The City is offering a R50 000 reward for informationleading to the men's arrests.
On Monday, the City's safety and security mayoral committeemember, JP Smith, revealed that 71 of their officers had come under attackbetween January 2015 and January 2016.
Robberts indicated that officers were often targeted fortheir firearms.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration would be offeringstress exposure training to 50 of the city’s metro police, traffic and lawenforcement officers in the next two weeks.
It was hoped that placing officers in ultra-realisticvirtual reality and simulation training would equip them with the skills toreact appropriately in stressful, dangerous situations.