Cop wounded in Eastern Cape shoot-out

2013-01-09 14:45

Johannesburg - A policewoman has been wounded in a shoot-out with robbers in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, police said on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Gerda Swart said four armed robbers held up a 35-year-old shop owner and his staff at a Durban Street shop on Tuesday night, and ordered them to lie on the ground.

"The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash and airtime [vouchers] and walked out of the shop," said Swart.

She said the police had been alerted and saw the robbers shortly after they left the shop. A shoot-out ensued.

A 30-year-old policewoman was wounded in the leg and was in a stable condition in a local hospital.

Swart said another police officer caught one of the robbers, a 33-year-old man, but the other three escaped.

She said the airtime vouchers stolen from the shop were recovered.

The arrested man would appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges relating to armed robbery and attempted murder.

  • Tony-Lapson - 2013-01-09 15:02

    Eastern Cape... Johannesburg - Durban Street...

      andrez.kolesky - 2013-01-09 15:26

      @ Tony. A "Lapse" of concentration perhaps ?? Die article was published in Johannesburg, Durban Street is in Uitenhage; which is in the Eastern Cape (sigh)

      tony.lapson - 2013-01-09 17:22

      Fair enough, I was too quick to comment on something I know little about. I can't really say I've ever been to the Eastern Cape or have any knowledge of street names in that province. It still makes little sense to me why they decide to put the location of where the article was published in the first line. It hardly seems relevant to mention.

  • John - 2013-01-09 15:41

    Great job peace officers! Well done! Sorry you got hurt. This is where you must shoot to kill.

  • John - 2013-01-09 15:45

    Our peace officers need to improve on their accuracy. Why no robbers wounded or dead?

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