Ladysmith man shot and killed by police

2014-02-10 00:00

A SUSPECT sought by the police for allegedly being in possession of unlicensed firearms, was shot and killed in crossfire with police in Ladysmith yesterday.

According to police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane, members from the National Intervention Unit (NIU) were following up on information of two alleged taxi hitmen who were in possession of unlicensed firearms in Ladysmith area. Zwane said their information led them to a house in the St Chad’s area of Ezakheni, where a group of police officials surrounded the house. Shots were then fired from inside the house.

“Police returned fire, whereupon the suspects ran out from the house. One of the suspects allegedly fired upon police as they gave chase on foot and was subsequently shot and killed. The second suspect fled, managing to evade arrest.”

An unlicensed firearm was found on the 25-year-old deceased, who is still yet to be formally identified.

In a media statement, Zwane said police are investigating his death, as well as a case of attempted murder.

Meanwhile, the NIU has successfully recovered a total of 21 unlicensed firearms with 125 live rounds and arrested 10 suspects for possession of unlicensed firearms at Ladysmith and Eshowe areas since January 14.

These include AK47 rifles, 303 rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolver specials.

“The members will continue with such operations to get rid of unlicensed firearms in the province. All recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province,” he added.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for their outstanding work.

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