EC police investigate murder of their own. Picture: SAPS

PORT ELIZABETH: A constable was shot and killed on Wednesday afternoon while on his way to a police station.

He was driving from the Saint Albans Correctional Centre near Port Elizabeth to the Mount Road Police Station when he noticed a silver-grey car with two occupants following him.

The police’s Vish Naidoo says this is what happened.

“He called for back up. Unfortunately, when the back up arrived he had already been shot. At this stage, we don’t know what the motive for the killing was. His firearm was still on him. At this point, we have to rule out robbery as a possible motive.”

Eastern Cape police are still investigating.

Meanwhile, research shows 325 police officers have been murdered in the past four years – an average of 81 per year.