sapsNews24 reports that a man suspected of the May murder of an off-duty KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) police officer has been arrested and his alleged accomplice has been shot dead.  

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said various police teams confronted a heavily armed criminal gang in Nhlawe, Weenen, on Saturday.  "The men resisted attempts to arrest them and a shootout ensued.  A 28-year-old suspect was fatally wounded during the exchange of gun fire while a 21-year-old suspect was placed under arrest."  Police seized two AK-47 rifles, an R5 rifle, an air gun and 101 rounds of ammunition at the scene.  Naicker advised that initial investigations indicated that the 21-year-old was "positively linked" to the 11 May murder of off-duty police officer, Constable Nkosinathi Khumalo, who was shot and killed in Estcourt.  After Khumalo was shot, he was dragged out of his vehicle and his killers fled in his car.  The arrested man was scheduled to appear in the Weenen Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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