Armed Rhino poacher shot dead, two escaped

Secu­ri­ty guards shot an alleged poach­er dead and two Rhi­no car­cas­es found at a game farm in Dorset out­side Lep­ha­lale, police gave an account of Wednes­day.

Limpopo Police Spokesper­son, Brigadier Mot­lafela Mojape­lo, said the inci­dent occurred in the ear­ly hours on Tues­day morn­ing.

“Secu­ri­ty offi­cers at the game farm claims they hur­ried to the scene to inves­ti­gate in the wake of hear­ing gun shots. Upon arrival, they saw three unknown male sus­pects, one armed with a rifle. The secu­ri­ty offi­cers attempt­ed to catch the sus­pects, how­ev­er one of them attempt­ed to shoot at them and was then shot dead,” said Brigadier Mojape­lo.

Two sus­pects dis­ap­peared into the near­by bush­es while the iden­ti­ty of the deceased is still unknown at this stage.

Mojape­lo said the watch­men made police aware of the scene, adding that dur­ing the under­ly­ing inves­ti­ga­tions they found an axe, and two rhi­no car­cas­es, with three horns cut off.

The sec­ond Rhi­no shot dead and dehorned by poach­ers. Pic Sup­plied by SAPS

“Dur­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tions, police found a rifle with three live ammu­ni­tion,” said Mojape­lo.

He said police are inves­ti­gat­ing a case of mur­der, rhi­no poach­ing and pos­ses­sion of unlaw­ful firearm and ammu­ni­tion.

Police are appeal­ing to any­one with infor­ma­tion that can lead to the arrest of the remain­ing sus­pects to con­tact War­rant Offi­cer JJ van Heer­den at 082 414 2337, the Crime stop num­ber 0860010111 or the near­est police.



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