2 dead in shoot-out between KZN police, suspected robbers

2015-06-02 12:10
A firearm can be seen at the scene of  a shoot-out in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

A firearm can be seen at the scene of a shoot-out in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Durban - A dramatic shoot-out between police and a gang of suspected armed robbers in Newlands West in Durban left two gunmen dead and a third wounded.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said officers had been on patrol when they received a report of a “suspicious motor vehicle” on Briardale Road.  

“When they arrived on the scene they came under attack from four suspects in the vehicle. The suspects attempted to flee and were pursued by police until they lost control of the car,” he said.

“During the ensuing gun battle, two suspects were fatally wounded, whilst one was injured and taken to hospital where he remains under police guard. A fourth suspect was arrested without any injuries and detained for attempted murder.

“Police recovered two firearms in the suspects’ possession. The vehicle used was previously seen in the area when houses were robbed and we suspect that the men were in the area to commit further crimes,” Naicker added.

KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, praised the two police officers who responded to the incident.

“We are pleased that none of our members were wounded in the shoot-out,” she said. 

“I hope that this once again sends a clear message to criminals that our police officers are not afraid of them and despite losing a number of police officers at the hands of criminals, we remain committed to fighting crime in this province.”

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