Suspected robber shot, arrested in KZN

2012-09-01 16:57

Johannesburg - A suspected robber has been shot and injured by police after allegedly robbing a Richards Bay shopping centre, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.

On Friday at 17:30, two police officers were patrolling the shopping centre on foot when they heard a gunshot coming from inside a shop, Colonel Jay Naiker said.

They went to investigate and were confronted by an armed man who opened fire on them. The police returned fire, wounding the man in his leg.

"They swiftly placed him under arrest and police seized a 9mm pistol, 13 live rounds of ammunition in a magazine loaded in the firearm and an extra loaded magazine with 15 live rounds of ammunition that he had in his possession," Naiker said.

A "substantial" amount of money was also found in the man's possession.

The man and an accomplice had allegedly held up the shop's cashiers while they were handing in the day's takings to the shop's manager.

The arrested man remained in hospital under police guard on Saturday, and was expected to appear in the Richards Bay Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The second suspect evaded arrest but the police are confident that he will be traced and arrested soon," Naiker said.

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