Another gun battle in Durban's wild west

2015-07-23 15:46

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Durban - A showdown between police officers and house robbers ended in a car chase and a dramatic exchange of gunfire in Pinetown on Thursday morning.

Two men were arrested, while two of their alleged accomplices remained on the run.

Before sunrise, members of the K9 Dog Unit had responded to a house robbery near Henwood Road in Pinetown.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that four men had stormed the home.

“Four suspects allegedly stormed into the house and robbed the occupants of computer equipment and personal items before fleeing in their getaway vehicle,” he said.

“Police responding to the incident confronted the suspects on the M19 highway near Pinetown and the suspects opened fire on police. Police retaliated and during the chase the suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed,” Naicker added.

“They fled into the bushes and police, with their dogs, pursued them. Two had sustained gunshots wounds and were apprehended by police and stolen items and housebreaking equipment was recovered when searching the area.”

“Both the arrested suspects were taken to hospital for medical attention and are under police guard. They will be charged and will appear in Pinetown Magistrates' Court as soon as they are released from hospital. A manhunt is underway for the two outstanding suspects.”

Police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, applauded members of the K9 Unit for responding so swiftly to the incident, which resulted in the arrest of the criminals.

“I am happy that police officers escaped unharmed and that we managed to apprehend the criminals.

"An investigation is underway to determine if they can be linked to other house robbery and housebreaking cases in the area. We are confident that the suspects who fled will be arrested soon,” she said. 

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