Commissioner applauds cops’ bravery while under fire

N2 north bound freeway near Queen Nandi Drive, where the shootout happened between the cops and the robbers.

THE KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa has commended police officers for their extreme bravery while under fire, during a shootout between them and armed robbers on the N2 north bound freeway near Queen Nandi Drive on Friday. Four suspects died and one is in hospital under police guard.

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“Once the surviving thug is discharged from hospital, he will face a number of charges including attempted murder, possession of property suspected to be stolen as well as possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.This incident once again serves as a warning to criminals that our police officers will defend themselves when they come under fire whilst executing their duties. Our police officers were extremely professional and the response witnessed on Friday is in line with the back to basics approach adopted by police,” said Langa.

The police officers spotted a white Mercedes Benz, with five occupants along the N2 north bound freeway near Queen Nandi Drive. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, after receiving a tip off of a planned robbery, the suspects opened fire on the policemen whilst fleeing. The vehicle used by the suspects was taken during a robbery in Sydenham last month. A shootout ensued and the suspects pushed the police vehicle off the road which resulted in both vehicles landing in the oncoming south bound lane. Three suspects were fatally wounded in the shootout with police whilst two were arrested with the help of a police chopper. Both arrested suspects were taken to hospital for treatment and later one of them died.

“Police seized four unlicensed firearms with ammunition, a police radio and housebreaking implements.Three police officers were injured as a result of collision and were also taken to hospital for treatment,” added Langa.

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