Brazen robbers killed in shoot-out

2015-11-25 06:23

SIX brazen robbers were killed in a shoot-out with police about 12kms outside Greytown, on the Seven Oaks road, on Friday morning.

A seventh, one of the three critically injured, and hospitalised under police guard, died on Saturday.

On Friday members of the Special Task force, PMB Crime Intelligence, Durban K9 Unit, PMB Highway Patrol, PMB Flying Squad and PMB Hawks were following up information on a gang suspected of being involved in an armed cash heist in Newcastle in the early hours of that morning.

On the straight stretch of the R33 police, who had been tracking the vehicles, spotted four vehicles­ fitting the description of the suspects involved in the robbery. As they tried to pull the four vehicles over, the suspects started shooting and the police retaliated. Six suspects died on the scene – with three critically wounded. Vehicles were riddled with bullets, but no police were injured.

The two suspect vehicles recovered at the scene were a Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla­.

It is reported that at least four more suspects fled in the two other vehicles. A second Toyota Corolla was later found abandoned in Pinetown while the fourth, with an unknown number of suspects, is the focus of a major manhunt for these armed and dangerous men

Three AK-47 rifle, two R-5 assault­ rifles and two handguns were recovered at the crime scene.Charges of attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition have been opened for investigation at the Greytown Police Station.

Police closed off the road from 11.30am to 6pm whilst they investigated the crime scene. This led to a build up of trucks and cars, but drivers managed to find back roads and dirt roads to get to Greytown.

In another shooting incident on Sunday evening Constable Mdunge was driving to the Rietvlei­ Police Station when he noticed a white Corsa parked on the side of the road. As he approached the occupants opened fire, hitting him six times, but he managed to keep driving.

An alert and courageous member of the public noticed the police van wandering all over the road and managed to jump in and stop it.He moved the wounded officer over to the passenger seat and drove to the Rietvlei­ Police Station where he summoned help.

Lieutenant-Colonel Minnaar said that man had saved the constable’s life – his nickname is “Rasta”, but she said no one knew his real name and the police would like to thank him for his positive action.

Constable Mdunge is in hospital in a serious, but stable condition

In another incident near Kranskop last week, men in a red Mazda bakkie, NUM 7483, stole some goats. The owner managed to chase after the bakkie and got his goats back as the suspects ran off. However when he returned from opening a case of theft, the bakkie had disappeared.

Anyone with any information about this vehicle is asked to contact Ops 911 on 033 417 2911.

STOP PRESS: Four men died in a head-on collision on the Hermannsburg road, R74,on Monday evening when the car in which they travelling hit an aQuellé­ truck with such force that the truck was pushed off the road.

Three died on the scene, the fourth died later in hospital..

The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and is in hospital.

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