Tshwane smash-and-grab man shot dead

2011-10-12 10:54

Tshwane metro police shot dead a smash-and-grab robbery suspect today.

Spokesperson Louise Brits said he and another man were apparently about to commit a smash-and-grab robbery at Pretoria’s Fountain Circle.

Tshwane Metro police patrolling the circle noticed two men heading towards cars that had stopped at a traffic light.

Brits said the officers shouted at the two men to stop, but they fled. One of them scaled the fence of a nearby nature reserve and disappeared into the undergrowth.

One of the officers apparently fired a shot into the ground at the nature reserve. One of the men was later found with a gunshot wound to his head and was taken to hospital.

He died a few hours later.

Brits said the search also yielded the handbag of a woman who had fallen victim to a smash-and-grab incident at the same intersection last night.

The contents of the bag were returned to the woman. Some cash was missing.

Police detectives were investigating.

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