Man arrested in possession of gun allegedly used in Charl Kinnear murder

Anti-gang detective Charl Kinnear

  • Western Cape Police arrested a man who was in possession of the gun that allegedly killed investigator Charl Kinnear last year.
  • The man was hiding in an apartment in Elsie’s River, a suburb near the place where Kinnear was killed.
  • It is believed that he tried to throw the weapon away while on the run.

Police have arrested a man who was in possession of the firearm allegedly used in the murder of anti-gang detective Charl Kinnear in Cape Town.

The man was hiding in an apartment in Elsie’s River – a suburb near Kinnear’s Bishop Lavis home, where he was killed last September.

During the Friday night arrest, the man allegedly threw the gun on a roof while trying to escape from police. This emerged from information contained in a criminal report submitted to the Western Cape Police Chiefs.

The operation included the national organized crime task team, members of the special task force, the hawks and the anti-gang unit.

A 9 mm pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition in the magazine and a small bag of Tik were recovered during the operation on Friday.

According to the crime report, the suspect was a member of a gang in Cape Town.

Sources close to the investigation with knowledge of the city’s underworld confirmed the arrest.

Private investigator rugby player Zane Kilian is in custody in connection with Kinnear’s murder.

It is believed that he followed Kinnear on his cell phone for months.

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The arrest was part of a larger shootout in Cape Town.

Acting Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Maj. Gen. Thembisile Patekile, said in a statement Friday evening that police are tracking a suspect in Avonwood, Elsies River.

“When they got to the address, they saw a suspect with a gun in hand. He fled to avoid arrest, but the police caught up with him.

“The 39-year-old suspect is charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, ammunition and drugs,” Patekile said.

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