The four police officers linked to the killing of a suspected criminal in cold blood were expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The group would spend the night behind bars at the same police station where they had served.

IPID, which is the watchdog of police officers, said it did not believe this would pose as a security risk.

The three men and single female officer were arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and were officially charged with murder on Monday.

IPID spokesperson Grace Langa said the group was aware that they would be arrested and had arrived at the police station on their off day to hand themselves over.

Pictures of the four accused showed them dressed in civilian clothing as they were booked in at the station’s charge office.

Meanwhile, colleagues of the four officers peered at the small media contingent gathered at the gate of the police station.

The communication officer of the station remained mum about the arrest and referred all questions to IPID.

The four officers were implicated in the murder of Khulekani Mpanza who was killed on October 19.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend it had closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of Mpanza being shot in the arm while running away after he allegedly fired shots at a police van.

He drops his firearm and falls on the pavement where a policeman allegedly shoots him. Another policeman allegedly approaches Mpanza and kicks him.

Then another shot – suspected to the head – is fired and he is dead.

There were no reports of Mpanza injuring anyone during his attempted escape.

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