Man dead in shoot-out after chase drama

2014-01-23 22:42
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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

Johannesburg - A man was shot dead in a shootout with the police on Thursday, Mpumalanga police said.

Wielding an AK-47 assault rifle, the 39-year-old man jumped out of a car and shot at the police, said Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

He said the police saw two men driving an Audi in Volksrust, checked its number plate, and discovered it was fake.

"They signalled the driver to halt, but he sped off taking the gravel road to Piet Retief, and a chase ensued," Mohlala said.

Police stopped on the road when they found the men's car abandoned.

The men came out of the bushes and held two police officers at gunpoint.

They took the officers' cellphones and fled in the police van, said Mohlala.

When the robbers came across more police looking for them in another police vehicle, they signalled it to stop and held these officers at gunpoint too.

The men disarmed them, took their cellphones, and broke their two-way police radio.

Mohlala said that, in the meantime, farmers in the area used a truck to block the road, while other police chased the robbers.

Returned fire

"When the suspects noticed that the road was blocked, they tried to make a U-turn, but they had no escape route as the other police vehicles were behind them," Mohlala said.

A robber in the passenger's seat jumped out with an AK-47 and shot at the police, who returned fire, he said.

One man was shot dead and another was arrested. The 51-year-old man would appear in the Sheepmore Periodical Court on Friday.

Mohlala said the police seized five firearms, ammunition, explosives, balaclavas, gloves, a hammer and wiring for batteries.

He said police were not injured in the shoot-out.

Read more on:    mbombela

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
50 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

The driverless luxury car of the future!

Watch this video of the Mercedes Benz F 015 concept car, the company’s vision of a driverless future.

 
 

Luxury living

WATCH: Private luxury island for sale!
10 of the most ridiculous celebrity purchases, that cost millions!
Karl Lagerfeld spotted with custom gold Apple Watch
The most luxurious dog house!
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may have extra responsibilities you need to deal with right now and you need to create the necessary boundaries and...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.