CAPE TOWN – The anti-gang unit member who was apparently accidentally shot dead by a fellow officer has been described as a committed asset to law enforcement.It’s understood Sergeant David Hoffman was protecting a stranger over the weekend, who was being chased by a mob, when fellow officer sergeant Marlon Appollis shot him dead.Hoffman has now been laid to rest while Appollis faces a culpable homicide charge.Police Minister Bheki Cele described this as a “tragedy”.“A person accidentally pulled the trigger and killed a close friend and colleague.”Thursday saw friends, family and colleagues gather to mourn Hoffman’s passing and to remember his 14-year career in the South African Police Service.His colleagues described him as a dedicated and well-disciplined policeman.Ironically, Hoffman’s speciality was fraud investigation and he’d only joined the anti-gang unit a year ago.Lieutenant-colonel Abraham Brown said Hoffman took pride in crime-fighting to make communities safer.His family said the SAPS was his life, adding he was proud to be part of the force to deliver the important service.