Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:16:00 GMT | By Sapa

Traffic Cop, Motorist Killed in Cape Town

A Cape Town traffic officer and a motorist were shot dead on Wednesday in Lavender Hill, Cape Town, Western Cape police said.


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A double murder case was being investigated, Captain Frederick van Wyk said.

Two men shot the driver of a Toyota Corolla on Prince George Drive around 9am, and the officer issuing him with a traffic fine. The driver died on the scene. Wesley Woodman, the 35-year-old traffic officer who stopped the car, was rushed to hospital. He died on Wednesday afternoon.

City of Cape Town safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said the officer had stopped the Toyota for a broken tail light, and that the men had approached him from behind. He said at the time that two men had apparently been arrested.

Smith said should no arrests be forthcoming, the city would offer a reward for information and get the special investigating unit on the case.

Acting mayor Ian Neilson said Woodman would be remembered as a man who was targeted while ensuring the law was obeyed in Cape Town. Woodman was a senior traffic officer with 14 years of experience. His service firearm was stolen in the attack.

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