UPDATE: D&D security officer killed on duty in Liefde en Vrede

D&D TACTICAL security officer, Lucky Masomela, was shot on the corner of Swartkoppies Road and Klipriver Drive earlier today, February 21, after confronting three suspicious people.

According to the Mondeor SAPS communications officer, Nokulunga Dube, the incident occurred around 7.40am after D&D Tactical security officers responded to a complaint of suspicious people near the mall.

“Upon arrival on the scene, the officers saw three males (on the outskirts of Mall of the South) who looked suspicious. When the officers approached the men to search them, one of the suspects drew a firearm and shot at the security,” read the statement. Lucky sustained a fatal gunshot.

SAPS reported that the three suspects tried to flee the scene, by running to nearby bushes, before being chased. Two of the three suspects (aged 37 and 38) were caught by other D&D officers who arrested them.

Lucky was rushed to a nearby hospital by his fellow colleagues but succumbed to his fatal injuries.

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Krystal Coconas, marketing and communications manager at Mall of the South, commented saying that the mall was not affected by the incident and the mall is trading as normal.

BCI Protection Services and its K9 unit were on scene to assist the Mondeor SAPS search for a weapon that may have been dropped after the altercation. Owner of BCI on the West Rand, Corinda Loots, was on scene assisting with the search.

“We are devastated to announce that our operations manager, Lucky, sadly passed away this morning after suffering a gunshot wound. Lucky was no mere employee but the heart and soul of D&D Tactical’s Operations and a nine-year long member of what we call family. God Bless you Oscar Mike! You will be dearly missed,” read a tribute to Lucky on D&D Tactical’s Facebook page.

The Bassonia Community Forum also posted a tribute on their Facebook page and it reads as follows:

Rest in Peace Lucky Masomela

This morning a D&D Tactical Supervisor was shot and killed outside Mall of the South on Swartkoppies Road. There is an active investigation and we shall not say much about the incident. Let us give investigators the space they need to investigate.

Lucky was well known to all policemen, CPF patrollers, security and residents in this area. He was a formidable crime fighter and had many successes under his belt. I always said Lucky could spot a crook a mile away like nobody else. He could hone in on a suspect like a heat-seeking missile.

Lucky was a regular at most crime scenes in the area and he was always available to help in any emergency situation, regardless of whether those he was helping was a client or not. A man with a big heart, capable and he always carried a smile.

I remember him most as a friend though. I shall miss your impromptu visits to my office for a cup of coffee and to talk about crime (and the weekend’s soccer). I shall miss the way you locked yourself in the car when you saw my Rottweiler and have a laugh about it. I will miss your call “brother Mike, what’s happening there?” I always knew when Lucky was around, I had backup … the whole CPF felt the same way.

Lucky cared about his job, he cared about his clients and he cared about fighting crime in this community. Ultimately he gave his life for it. Our community, our precinct, has been deprived of one of its favourite sons, taken so savagely. His absence will be felt.

Lucky leaves behind a bereaved wife and three children. We can’t bring their husband and father back, but we can care about them the same way Lucky cared about this community. Let us help his family the same way he helped us. I have requested the CPF Executive in this area to approve a monetary donation to the family to help them during their time of need. More importantly, we must support this family emotionally.

You will be missed by many, my brother from another mother … so long my friend. Rest in peace, my brother.

Mike Fontes, Mondeor Sector 1 Crime Forum, Chairman.

Donations for Lucky’s Fund:
Account Name: D&D Tactical ABSA acc: No.9227764115 ref: Lucky

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