Shootout at Jika Joe

2014-09-19 00:00

THERE was high drama at the Jika Joe informal settlement yesterday when police exchanged fire with men wanted for robbing a municipal worker.

One of the men was killed and the other arrested, while two police officers were shot in their arms.

Initially four police officers went into the informal settlement in search of men who had robbed an Msunduzi municipal security guard of a gun, his wallet and a cellphone last week.

Those at the scene said one of the men produced a gun and shot at the police, hitting an officer on his arm, when the officers confronted them.

The men then fled into the settlement and hid.

Scores more police arrived and blockaded Manning Avenue.

Sniffer dogs were also brought in, but there was no sign of the men until a resident of the settlement pointed to where they were hiding.

The officers rushed there and shots rang out.

When the shooting stopped, it was found that one man had been killed. The other was arrested.

Another police officer was shot in the arm during the exchange.

The injured officer was heard saying “I shot him in the chest” before he was rushed into an ambulance.

Residents who witnessed the drama said the men had been robbing people of money, cellphones and anything they could find on them.

“The dead guy was a hardened criminal from Ezinketheni [an informal settlement in Copesville] and he had been hiding out here because he killed a man there,” said one resident.

He said he was once stabbed by the dead man.

The dead suspect was described as a ruthless murderer who had killed more than one person.

“I am glad that police have put an end to this madness, because more people were still going to be targeted by these criminals,” said a resident.

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini said they would investigate the incident.


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