Robber killed in shoot-out with police

2015-11-16 13:01
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Durban – A suspected robber was killed in a shoot-out with police in the early hours of Monday morning in Ntuzuma, north of Durban.

He was part of a gang that entered the Ntuzuma Pick n Pay late on Thursday evening.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said four security guards were on duty when they were approached by a group of armed suspects.

"The security guards were tied up and locked inside a toilet. The suspects entered the building through a ceiling and at about 02:00 this morning while they were still inside, the police were notified and responded to a business robbery in progress.

"As they approached the scene, it is alleged that the suspects fired shots towards the members and the members retaliated, fatally wounding one suspect. The other suspects managed to flee the scene. The police recovered an unlicensed Norinco pistol from the scene."

Zwane said that nothing was taken from the building and a case of armed robbery, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm was opened at the Ntuzuma Police Station for further investigation.  

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised the officers for their swift reaction to the business robbery complaint.

"We vowed that we will not be intimidated by the criminals whilst performing our duties. We will work around the clock tracing those suspects who fled the scene and we are appealing to the public to give us information about their whereabouts," she said.

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