Police deny highway shootout suspect's escape

2013-10-23 08:25

Gauteng police have denied reports that the man who escaped during a shootout with police in Killarney was initially arrested and then disappeared.

“I am not sure about the source of those reports. I’m still saying we are looking for him and he was never captured,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

The New Age newspaper reported today the second suspect had been initially arrested by the Tactical Response Team and disappeared afterwards.

“What happened here does not make sense at all. This guy was taken away and now we hear that he ran away,” a police officer at the scene was quoted as saying.

A man was shot and wounded on the M1 South near Killarney in Johannesburg yesterday after a police chase from Pretoria.

Police approached a minibus taxi at a Pretoria taxi rank following a commotion, Dlamini said at the time. The vehicle sped off.

“Police officers summoned back-up vehicles, including a chopper.”

When the helicopter tried to bring the van to a halt, it crashed into three police vehicles.

The occupants of the taxi shot at police, who returned fire. When the minibus came to a stop at the Joe Slovo offramp two men got out and tried to run away.

“The driver of the vehicle was shot in the upper leg and the [passenger] managed to run away,” Dlamini said yesterday.

The passenger was believed to have been the one shooting at police.

Police had his particulars and were searching for him.

The driver would be charged with malicious damage to property and attempted murder. He was taken to hospital under police guard.

It was suspected the men fled as they may have been involved in several incidents of taxi violence.

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