Port Elizabeth – A police officer was shot dead while a second was injured when they responded to a security alarm at the PE Ice Cream shop in Patterson Road, North End, on Thursday evening.

Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the alarm went off shortly after 23:00 on Thursday evening after a security guard was held up by two men, one of whom was armed with a firearm.

While confronting the guard, one of the robbers accidentally activated the panic alarm, which resulted in a security supervisor being dispatched to the scene.

The supervisor arrived shortly before the police, only to be held at gunpoint and taken to the guard room where the guard was tied up

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