Robbers killed in shootout

2015-06-16 06:00


Four men were arrested following a store robbery and shootout with police in Surrey Estate last week.

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Leon Knipe/Son

Four men were arrested following a store robbery and shootout with police in Surrey Estate last week. PHOTO: Leon Knipe/Son

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The case against four men charged with the robbery of a store in Surrey Estate which resulted in a bloody shoot-out with police last week Monday, has been postponed.

The suspects are alleged to have been part of a gang of robbers who held up the Primrose Markette. Three gunmen were killed in a battle with police as they attempted to flee the scene.

The four, aged between 32 and 39, appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. They face charges of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery.

Robbers attempted to escape with R20 000 from the Surrey Estate business when they were met by a police convoy at about 21:00 last Monday night. Officers had been following the vehicle the suspects were travelling in as it was reported stolen.

Three of the suspects died in the ensuing shoot-out, while a policeman and a customer were hit as shots rang out at the corner of Orion and Ruimte roads.

The customer who was waiting in her car when she was caught in the crossfire was shot twice in the arm and twice in the legs after being accosted by the robbers.

Two firearms – an R5 assault rifle and a 9mm Beretta – were seized on the scene, as well as two hijacked vehicles. The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

The case has been postponed to Wednesday 17 June. – News24

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