Cop wounded in Diepkloof shoot-out

2015-06-03 12:04
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Johannesburg - A police officer responding to a business robbery in Diepkloof, Soweto, was injured when the gang of robbers opened fire, police said on Wednesday.

The incident happened on Tuesday night, said Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

The 50-year-old policeman was shot in the leg, back and arm.

"It is alleged that a gang of more than five men confronted the staff members of the liquor shop and demanded money. They fired several shots and robbed the staff of more than R10 000," said Dlamini.

None of the store employees were injured.

"As [the robbers] were fleeing from the scene, they were confronted by the police. A shoot-out between them ensued."

Several vehicles, including a police van, were damaged by a hail of bullets.

A 20-year-old man suspected to have been part of the gang was arrested at a Soweto hostel shortly after the incident.

"Further investigation may lead to the arrest of the gang members who were armed with handguns and assault rifles," said Dlamini.

Police were investigating a case of armed robbery and attempted murder. They were expecting to also open several malicious damage to property cases once all the owners of the vehicles damaged in the incident came forward.

Meanwhile, the police officer was admitted to the Milpark Hospital.

He was in a serious but stable condition, said Dlamini.

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