Robber killed in shoot-out

2010-09-14 13:08

A robber was killed and a police officer wounded in a shoot-out in Jeppestown, Johannesburg.

Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Opperman said four men robbed a jewellery shop in Alberton, southeast of Johannesburg, this morning.

Later, police saw the robber’s vehicle, a blue Ford Focus, in Jeppestown and gave chase.

Opperman said: “The robbers fired at the police. The suspects lost control of their vehicle and smashed through a fence and into a panelbeater shop opposite Wolhuter hostel.

“They continued firing at the police and the police fired back. One police officer was shot in the leg and wounded, one robber was shot dead and another was arrested.”

This happened on the corner of Ford and Wolhuter streets in Jeppestown.

Two of the robbers ran away and were still at large.

The injured police officer was airlifted to hospital.

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