Police officers shot

2016-10-05 06:00
Photo: supplied A bullets pierced the police van.

Photo: supplied A bullets pierced the police van.

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TWO KwaDukuza SAPS officers were shot and injured in a shoot-out­ between police and armed robbers in King Shaka Street, KwaDukuza CBD on Saturday.

At approximately 8am an armed robbery took place at a finance company­ on King Shaka Street.
According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane three unknown suspects produced firearms, forced the gate of the premises open and at gunpoint took an undisclosed amount of cash.
“The KwaDukuza SAPS members swiftly responded to the business robbery in progress. The suspects took notice of the police and opened fire, injuring two police officers. It is believed that one of the suspects was injured during the exchange of gun fire. The suspects managed to flee the scene in their getaway vehicles. The police are still searching for the suspects. Charges of business robbery and attempted murder were opened for investigation at KwaDukuza SAPS.”

The robbers were armed with AK47 rifles.

According to IPSS Medical Rescue the suspects fled in a silver Volvo with NU registration. Speaking to the Weekly, a witness, whose identity has been withheld for their safety, said she was waiting for the doors to be opened on the street at the bottom of the building where the incident occurred at around 7.50am.

“At 8am the door to the building opened and everyone rushed up. I went up and waited outside Compuzone for the gates to the college to open when I heard banging and screaming.
“I noticed that a lady, who was outside the place that was robbed, was quickly shoved inside, only then did I realise that a robbery was taking place. I also realised that those two men had actually been waiting with us [on the street] casually for the building to be opened.
“When the gate to Compuzone was opened and I rushed in to inform the lecturer to lock the gate and doors as there were robbers outsides. At first he did not believe me as he had earphones on and had not heard the banging or screaming.
“He then went to the door to see what was going on. The guy at the other door, who was dressed in an army green coat, greeted the lecturer and spoke in Zulu and called him over, however, the lecturer soon caught on that something was not right. He quickly locked the gate and door and asked us to lie down and be quiet.
“Within minutes we heard police sirens and then gunshots fired.” No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or suspects is urged to contact the KwaDukuza SAPS on 032 551 8200 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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