Hijacking suspects die in shoot-out with police

A VEHICLE hijacked in Overport on Wednesday evening was recovered in Inanda, following a shoot-out between suspects and the police.

According to Captain Nqobile Gwala from provincial SAPS, at around 6.30pm, a woman and her family were sitting in their vehicle, a silver BMW, outside a business premises in Harbottle Road, Overport, when they were approached by two unidentified suspects.

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“The suspects shot the woman’s brother and father before robbing them of their vehicle. The two injured victims were transported to hospital for medical treatment. Charges of carjacking and two counts of attempted murder were opened at Mayville SAPS for further investigation,” said Gwala.

Gwala said the Inanda Cluster Trio Task Team spotted a suspicious vehicle in Inanda Newtown A at 7.30pm.

The officers gave chase and the suspects opened fire on the police officers. The police returned fire fatally wounding two suspects.

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“A 21-year-old suspect managed to flee the scene on foot and was arrested at a clinic in KwaMashu. He was later taken to hospital where he is under police guard. The hijacked vehicle was recovered. An unlicensed pistol with three live rounds of ammunition was recovered and will be subjected to ballistic testing,” said Gwala.

Charges of inquest, attempted murder, possession of suspect stolen property, and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition are being investigated by Inanda SAPS.



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