Robber dies in shoot-out with police

2012-08-05 20:54
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Johannesburg - A robber has died in a shoot-out with police in Villeria, Pretoria, while trying to make his getaway after holding up a supermarket owner, police said on Sunday.

The man and an accomplice took a substantial amount of cash and cellphones in the robbery on Saturday, said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

"While fleeing from the scene, they fired a shot and took a security guard's firearm," he said.

"They jumped into a getaway vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf. A high speed chase by the police and security guards then ensued.

"As police caught up with them, several shots were fired at the police. Police returned fire and seriously wounded one suspect who later died."

Dlamini said the second robber was arrested, and that three firearms, including the guard's, were seized. Everything stolen from the supermarket was recovered.

The getaway car was impounded, as it was thought to have been stolen, he said.

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