Man grabs cop’s gun, kills 2 patients in South Africa hospital

The man seriously injured the police officer whose firearm he seized. (representative)

A man withdrew a gun from a police officer on Saturday, ranted and killed two patients at a South African hospital, police said.

He also seriously injured the police officer whose firearm he seized in Cape Town.

The “patients were shot dead and a police officer was seriously injured at a local hospital on Saturday night when a 40-year-old man grabbed a police officer’s firearm and fired several shots,” police spokesman Brigadier General Novela Potelwa said in a statement. †

Police had taken a suspect in need of medical attention to Somerset Hospital, near the V&A Waterfront, a popular spot for local and international tourists alike.

The man grabbed the police officer’s firearm, shot him in the head and then shot “two patients who were in his vicinity” before other police officers disarmed him.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates for a country not at war.

Last year, the homicide rate in Cape Town was by far the highest in the country, at 64 homicides per 100,000 people, compared to 37 homicides in Johannesburg. In New York it was 5.5.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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