An off-duty police officer has been arrested for attempted murder following a shooting at the outfields of the Shark Tank on Saturday night.
Following the conclusion of the Cell C Sharks against Vodacom Bulls game, the Sharks organized a pleasant and engaging family New Year's Eve celebration for fans on the outer fields.
A spokeswoman for The Sharks stated in a statement that an isolated incident occurred 20 minutes before midnight involving an off-duty police officer who was attending the game as a patron and a member of security personnel.
"In the process of our security escorting this patron off the premises, due to his non-conducive family behaviour and unruly conduct, the individual concerned drew his firearm and discharged a round which struck the security officer’s leg," the spokesperson said.
The security officer received minor injuries to his leg, however, the bullet ricocheted and injured another client in the leg as they passed by the incident.
"Both individuals were treated on-site and taken to the hospital and both are in stable condition.
"We are in constant contact with the injured gentlemen and wish them both a speedy recovery.
"The off-duty police officer was arrested on site and the matter is being further investigated by the SAPS," the spokesperson said.
The Sharks emphasized that the event occurred on the outlying grounds and not in the main stadium complex, where weapon control is rigorously monitored at all times by security personnel.
"The Sharks place great emphasis on providing our fans and their families with a fun and safe environment, and we are saddened by this isolated incident, which we condemn in the strongest terms, as it was irresponsible, unnecessary and unwarranted.“
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