Cop fell off a rooftop and died while chasing a solar thief

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A Beitbridge-based police officer fell off a rooftop and died while chasing a thief who was trying to steal solar panels.


The police officer, who sustained critical head injuries, was pronounced dead upon admission at the Beitbridge District Hospital.

National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident that happened in Kwalu 1 suburb. He said:

We confirm the death of a police officer and a suspected solar panels thief in Beitbridge on Tuesday evening.


Preliminary investigations reveal that the suspected thief was spotted on a rooftop by members of the community while attempting to steal solar panels at the property.

Our police officers then swiftly reacted to the call and upon arrival one of the police officers tried to apprehend the suspect. They both fell to the ground and the police officer sustained critical injuries and died at the local hospital.


Asst Comm Nyathi said the solar panel thief was taken to the Beitbridge main police station where he later committed suicide.


Asst Comm Nyathi said investigators had since interviewed the three cellmates about the suicide.

Source: The Herald