VIDEO: Cape Town police officer shot at point-blank range survives

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A police officer in Cape Town, South Africa was shot at point-blank range during a traffic stop but survived. It was all caught on dash-cam video. (KABC)

A police officer in Cape Town, South Africa was shot at point-blank range during a traffic stop - and survived. It was all caught on dash-cam video.

The disturbing footage, which was released by the city of Cape Town, serves as a vivid, dramatic example of why no traffic stop is routine for a police officer.

From Officer Nizaam Alexander's dash cam, you can see the car pulled over, and a man with a baseball cap walking on the left.

When Alexander approaches the car to get the driver's information, the man with the cap reappears, this time with a gun.

It jams and he walks out of frame.

The man then surprises the officer, and shoots him in the back at point-blank range.

Despite the flesh wound, Alexander ducks behind the car and fires three shots but misses.

He races after the man, then calmly walks back to the car and finishes writing the ticket before heading to the hospital.

Alexander was awarded for bravery by the department. The man who ambushed him escaped.
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