Howick: two shot in chase with police

2010-09-20 00:00

HOWICK police shot and wounded a man and a woman travelling in a stolen bakkie after one of the three occupants in the vehicle opened fire on police during a high-speed chase from Howick to Cedara on Saturday night.

SA Police Force spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the Toyota bakkie was reported to have been stolen while parked in Howick’s main street.

Acting on information, the police spotted the stolen bakkie at about 9.30 pm on Saturday and set off in pursuit.

The chase continued along the N3 into Cedara.

When police came under fire from the stolen vehicle they shot back. The vehicle then veered out of control and came to a stop in a ditch.

One occupant, a male, made good his escape but the others, a male and female who sustained severe gunshot injuries, were arrested at the scene.

“The 40-year-old male driver of the stolen vehicle had sustained a gunshot wound to his head and the female was shot three times in her right knee, hand and abdomen. Both of them were admitted to hospital,” said Jeevan.

She said the male suspect remained in a serious condition yesterday, but the condition of the woman was described as stable.

Jeevan added that the windscreen and bumper of the police vehicle were damaged by gunfire and the stolen bakkie was damaged when it landed in a ditch as after the police had fired at it.

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