Alleged truck robber with police bulletproof vest shot

2016-03-02 22:32
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Johannesburg – A man wearing a police bulletproof vest was shot and wounded by a security guard as he and two other men allegedly attempted to rob a truck carrying goods on the M1 highway in Johannesburg.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, said police also seized an unlicensed firearm during the arrest of two Tactical Response Team (TRT) members who were at the scene of the robbery on Wednesday morning.

Dlamini said police were uncertain whether the two TRT members were working with the injured suspect.

“The security guard alleged that he was pulled [off]... the highway by a vehicle with blue lights. Three suspects confronted him and a shootout ensued,” he said.

“One of the suspects was shot in the upper body and fell on the highway while other two fled the scene on foot. The wounded suspect was wearing a police bulletproof vest and he was found in possession of several cellphones,” said Dlamini.

TRT members questioned

The injured suspect was taken to the hospital under police guard.

The security guard was not injured, and it was not known what happened to the vehicle with the blue lights.

Dlamini said that after the shooting two TRT members in a vehicle stopped at the scene. “They were questioned and their vehicle searched. An unlicensed firearm was found in their possession.”

Dlamini told News24 the TRT members had raised police suspicions as they had stopped at the scene "immediately" after the shooting.

He said it was still being determined whether they were involved in the robbery or not. Police were still looking for the two other alleged robbers who ran away.

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