A man shot in an apparent daylight robbery on the M1 highway in Johannesburg was a member of the elite Hawks crime-fighting unit.

According to Hawks spokesperson in Gauteng Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu confirmed that the man was their member.

The man was an occupant of a BMW which came under fire on the freeway shortly before 1pm on Monday. A woman was also shot and a bag was seemingly taken from the vehicle‚ which was forced to come to a stop. Both were taken to hospital.

“At the moment we can’t confirm circumstances that led to the shooting. SAPS is investigating a case of attempted murder and we are assisting them with the investigation.”

Mulamu said the officer was off-duty and couldn’t confirm his relationship to the woman shot with him.