UPDATE: Two police officers killed in Kimberley shootout

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KIMBERLEY - Two SA Police Service (SAPS) officer were shot dead and another injured in a shootout with a man on Tuesday afternoon.

According to an SAPS statement, members of the police were responding to a domestic violence dispute in Kimberley.

A gun-wielding man, who had a protection order against him, got into an altercation with the police and opened fire on them.

Two police officers were killed. The gunman also died. A third officer was admitted to a local hospital in a critical condition.

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The Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Risimati Shivuri, has appointed a team to ensure a thorough investigation of the incident.

The suspect was reportedly a former police officer.

Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant  General Khomotso Phahlane, has condemned the "senseless" killing.