An off-duty Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer, Levonne Jonas, was shot and injured when he intervened to assist a lady who was being assaulted by her boyfriend.
The incident took place on the N1 South at the Olifantsfontein Road onramp in Midrand, according to JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Xolani Fihla.
According to Fihla, on Monday, December 4, Officer Jonas noticed a male assaulting a female at the N1 South Olifantsfontein Road onramp.
He introduced himself as a policeman and attempted to intervene and stop the assault. However, he was overpowered by the male, who disarmed him of his private firearm and shot him.
After shooting the police officer, the assailant immediately fled the scene, leaving his girlfriend behind and Jonas lying on the ground. JMPD officers, along with members from Midrand SAPS, responded to the incident. The assaulted female returned and provided a detailed account of the ordeal.
Later, information was received that the boyfriend was at the Tembisa police station. The officers proceeded to the station, where they found the man.
He was immediately arrested and taken back to Midrand police station, where he was detained and charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.