Johannesburg cops search for M1 shooter

2013-10-22 14:46
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Shootout on M1 in Joburg

The M1 in Killarney, north of Johannesburg has been closed after a shootout on the highway. One man is reportedly critically injured. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - Police are searching for man involved in a shoot-out on the M1 South near Killarney, on Tuesday.

The shoot-out occurred after police approached a minibus taxi at the Pretoria taxi rank following a commotion. The vehicle then sped off.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said: "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."

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

Police had his particulars and were searching for him.

Driver under police guard

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

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

The M1 South was closed as dozens of traffic officials, police officers and medics worked on the scene.

The police landed their helicopter on the highway.

Shortly before 14:00 it was still there.

Traffic was being redirected.

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