A POLICE member tasked with providing security for the Fifa World Cup was arrested after a shooting incident at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University yesterday.
Police from various towns around the province have been staying at the university during the World Cup.
According to a police source, a member of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) stationed in East London but deployed in Port Elizabeth for the soccer showpiece, knocked on the door of a policewoman’s quarters early on Sunday.
“When the policewoman opened the door the TRT member started to pepper-spray the woman in her face.
“One of them had a gun. A struggle ensued and gun shots went off while they were battling over the gun.”
He said the policeman then ran away and the woman called the police to report the matter.
He said Mount Road police members searched for him and he was later arrested. Police confiscated his gun.
The source said also claimed that the TRT member was under the influence of alcohol.
Police confirmed the incident at the university and that a case of assault had been opened. Spokesman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said a police member aged 34 was arrested in connection with the incident.
“I’m not 100% sure of what happened there but I can confirm that our member was involved in a serious argument at the university.” She said the matter would also be dealt with internally by the police department. A man is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court today.