Cop, 3 others killed in KZN cash-in-transit heist

2014-01-28 21:06
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A police officer and three others have been killed during a cash-in-transit robbery in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Tuesday.

Security company staff were delivering cash at an ATM when they were held up by five armed men on Monday, said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

"A security official, Izak Phungula, was shot dead when the suspects opened fire on him.

"Unfortunately for the suspects, the money was destroyed when the dye pack exploded and coated the cash with ink," Naicker said.

The men abandoned the cash, took the deceased security officer's firearm and fled in a blue Toyota RunX.

"The suspects fired several shots whilst fleeing and two bystanders were injured as a result of them shooting randomly. Richmond police heard the gunshots and started to pursue the suspects," Naicker said.

Police later spotted the men exchanging vehicles at a quarry outside the town.

Naicker said the men opened fire on the police and a shoot-out ensued.

"Sergeant Thami Zondi was shot dead in the head while his colleague was shot in the chest. One of the suspects also died on the scene. The remaining suspects fled in a Toyota Hilux LDV."

The wounded police officer was taken to hospital.

When the fleeing suspects came across a police roadblock, they abandoned the Toyota and fled on foot.

"The suspects opened fire on police and there was an exchange of gunfire. They were eventually arrested in the bush and had sustained gunshot wounds. One of them died as a result of his injuries," said Naicker.

An AK-47 rifle and a 9mm pistol were recovered from the men.

The remaining three suspects were under police guard in hospital, said Naicker.

- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  durban
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette
Pro-skater Tony Hawk rides a hoverboard!
10 ways to drive her wild!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be unique, self sufficient, right and in control today. Your mind is fast today and you may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.