Two die in shoot-out outside Joburg primary school

2011-06-15 15:07
Johannesburg - A police reservist and one other person was killed in a shoot-out in Northcliff, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini who was on the scene, said Fairlands police tried to stop a white Mercedes Benz which had aroused suspicions at about 11:30 on Wednesday.

The car drove off and police followed. The Mercedes was involved in an accident and five men jumped out the car, he said.

One of the men was arrested about 3m from the car a second ran into a house on Acacia Road.

A shoot-out ensued between him and a police reservist. Both died. Another two men ran into a neighbouring house.

One of the men shot himself in the head, but was still alive, Dlamini said.

Earlier, security firm Beagle Watch told News24 that the man had died. Reports say he is in a critical condition in hospital.

The other man was arrested. The fifth man was arrested further down the road. Five firearms were recovered, five revolvers and one pistol, Dlamini said.

The leafy Johannesburg suburb was abuzz with activity as residents stood on the corner trying to see what happened. The road was cordoned with yellow police tape.

Ambulances transporting those who were injured left the scene.

Police were still investigating the incident.

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