Hero cop Marc Ishlove shot dead: Northcliff shootout

Heroic, super-shottist police-reservist hero Lt-col Marc Ishlove, 60, was shot dead in a Northcliff shootout: and he died ‘with a smile on his face’, said his friend…

2011-06-16 – HONEYDEW, Randburg, South Africa. in November 2007, police-reservist ltcol Marc Ishlove (second left) on picture below, had shot dead two hijackers while they were trying to steal the car belonging to gynecologist  Dr Elmarie Wypkema. One black man was shot dead while sitting on top her, demanding her ring; the second man while seated behind the wheel of her car, writes Amanda Roestoff of Beeld newspaper. On Wednesday, lt-col Marc Ishlove, 60, commander of the Honeydew police station, died in a fierce Wild-West gunfight with a large gang at Northcliff. He smiled as he lay dying in his friend’s arms.


           This famous picture of  Marc Ishlove after he’d shot the two black hijackers in November 2007, was taken by  Beeld photographer FELIX DLANGLAMANDLA


“Four years ago he was grateful that the hijackers missed him when they fired at him and that he could shoot two of them dead.’ Two days ago, the police-reservist was shot dead – and he reportedly smiled as he lay dying, said police-reservist constable cliff Bond of the Honeydew police station about the death of his commanding officer, 60, in a wild-west gun-fight in Northcliff with a large black attack gang. And two days ago,  two of the armed criminals were also shot dead after the police had chased the gang down and cornered them in their Mercedes Benz and five gunmen fired at them. It’s not known who shot dead the two criminals yesterday.  It happened very close to a primary school – while children were playing tennis. Another policeman – a warrant officer whose name was not published – was shot in the right arm and is stable.

Ishlove hit the headlines in Nov 2007 after he saved Dr Elmarie Wypkema, a gynecologist at Wilgeheuwel hospital, from a hijacking gang at the Fir Drive shopping centre They tried to grab her jewellery and her Porsche Carrera. Ishlove just happened to be sitting in the nearby Dam-a-tra-restaurant when he saw the attack on Wypkema – he stormed in, shuot dead one hijacker while the black man was sitting on top of Wypkema, demanding her ring. He then shot dead a second one behind the steering wheel of her car. Bond described Ishlove as an ‘experienced shottist who played an inspiring role amongst reservists and police officers in developing their shooting skills as a sport.’

“We often spoke about death. I never thought he’d want to die within a fight. In the battle against criminals one would prefer to die whle you can fight back.’
Ishlove’s two daughters Marcia and Juliet, who live overseas, were informed of their father’s death this week.
Lt.col. Lungelo Dlamini said three of the suspects are expected in the Johannesburg magistrate’s court Monday.

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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