It was lowest point of his security carrier, when pallets of bullets shattered his face, while on active duty. A brazen gunman opened fire in a Cape Town police station in the early hours of Wednesday morning, hitting a sergeant in the face.

The officer has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition following the shootout in the Lingelethu West police station at 02:50.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut confirmed that three suspects had entered the station, ostensibly to report a robbery.

“One of the suspects produced a firearm and shot a police sergeant in his face. Police returned fire and the suspects fled,” he said.

The trio are yet to be arrested.