Officers wounded in shoot out

2015-04-30 16:13

TWO police officers are reportedly recove-ring well from injuries they sustained in a shoot-out with five would-be armed robbers in Odendaalsrus’s central business district on Saturday morning (28/03).

The two officers were admitted to a local hospital following the incident.

Stephen Thakeng, spokesperson of the Welkom Police Precinct, said the two officers exchanged fire with the five would-be armed robbers, fatally shooting two of the suspects during last Saturday morning’s botched robbery in Odendaals-rus.

Thakeng said the two police officers sustained bullet wounds to their legs.

Three of the suspects managed to flee in a grey Volvo sedan, reportedly stolen in Gauteng.

Thakeng said the would-be robbers were unsuccessful in disarming the female officer, who together with her colleague, reacted speedily, returning fire in the direction of the five men armed with R5 rifles.

He said an R5 rifle was also found abandoned behind the municipal clinic in town.

Thakeng said the two members of Odendaalsrus Visible Policing were busy with routine patrols when the suspects opened fire near a bank in Odendaal Street.

He said the robbers were armed with rifles and handguns.

The routine patrols follow two separate ATM bombings in Kutlwanong and Welkom in March.

Four suspects were involved with the ATM bombing in Kutlwanong on 10 March, while 15 men were seen fleeing the scene in two getaway vehicles after the incident in Welkom on 13 March.

In both instances, the suspects managed to escape with their loot.

The police are appealing to anyone with information about the suspects in any of these cases to phone investigating officer WO Ditaba Marumo of the Odendaals-rus Detective Services at 072-401-3739

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