Man dies in shoot-out with police

2012-11-05 14:19

Johannesburg - An armed robber was killed in a shootout in Kempton Park outside Benoni, police said on Monday.

Captain Jethro Mtshali said police found two men trying to rob a bakkie driver of his vehicle and possessions at around 03:00 on Sunday.

Police had earlier spoken to the driver who they had found parked on the side of the road.

"He said he was stuck without petrol. They offered assistance and went to buy petrol for him at the filling station," said Mtshali.

When police returned, they found the attackers in the act.

"The robbers fired shots at police and damaged the police vehicle. They tried to run away, but one of them was shot in the upper face and he died on the scene," said Mtshali.

A 9mm pistol without a serial number was found on the dead man.

"We are still searching for the other suspect," said Mtshali.

A case of armed robbery, malicious damage to property and attempted murder were opened.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate was also investigating the incident.

*News24 earlier incorrectly reported that the police had bought fuel for the robbers

  • thabo.mdodo - 2012-11-05 14:23

    Eish this article makes no sense!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-05 15:07

      This is probably the worst news report i have ever read.Jeez who wrote this and how come news24 did not proof read to see how confusing this article is????

      thabo.mdodo - 2012-11-05 15:18

      @wackidmaledu, SHUTUP WENA! Whe u frm wif stupid name like dat

      wackidmaledu - 2012-11-05 16:14

      hahaha!!alryt Mbuzi!! il shut..

      sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-05 16:27

      imagine this being an exam and after the story you get the following questions 1) who got robbed [5 marks] 2) who shot first between the police and the robber [10 marks] 3) whose money was used to buy petrol and how many litres [10 marks] 4) what happened to the man who was stuck in the first place, after the shoot out [10 marks] 5) in your own words, what happened [50 marks]

  • Hemlock - 2012-11-05 14:25

    Eish ! What next ?

      morientes.munez - 2012-11-05 15:18

      @ CharlesDumbwin - WELL DONE, I LIKE YOUR COMMENT!!!!!!!

  • khaye.mdakane - 2012-11-05 14:28

    Rubbish maan!!!! What is this article saying?????????????

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-05 14:38

      It's saying that the ANC regime is making a complete mess of South Africa.

      jan.sadie.7 - 2012-11-05 15:18

      @CharlesDUMBwin: Did you actually read the article?

      morientes.munez - 2012-11-05 15:24

      JAN - You have obviously never heard the word sarcasm before.

  • MoMoDhai - 2012-11-05 14:34

    Eish it means our police are dumb and a robber got shot dead with a gun because he is a rogue

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-06 12:52

      I understood this article the first time I read it because I read it right through to the end. It seems that whoever reported it originally did not check it properly and this article seeks to address the problem and does. The cops were not dumb, they were highly effective and removed and retrieved a stolen weapon from a felon who they killed as well. Perhaps the correction should have been better placed and the article should have started with CORRECTION: In an article headed .... we inadvertently failed to make it clear that the man killed wasone of the felons and that the police actually shot him when they returned from nuying petrol for the owner of the bakkie who was under attack by two felons. One hopes that the owner of the bakkie is fine as only one felon was killed and no mention is made of the fate of the bakkie owner. If you were writing this exam and failed it it would be because you are not a 1st language speaker or are stressed out by exams or just plain stupid.

  • sandile.peake - 2012-11-05 14:35

    i think police officers should be extra carefull and be able to assess the situation carefully

      cyril.laubscher - 2012-11-05 15:40

      I must admit the article makes no sense in that they bought petrol for robbers but it states that when they returned after buying the petrol they encountered the 2 men trying to rob him? A silly header to get extra views

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-05 14:35

    Ok, now lets start all over again.. Who did what ?

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-05 14:36

    I'd rather read a story on malema than try to make sense of this article.

      andrew.selous - 2012-11-05 16:14

      true...where is the fool anyway

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-11-05 16:16

      never that name again!!!!

  • fernando.carvalho.58555941 - 2012-11-05 14:36

    What the hell is this about?

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-05 14:39

    Brilliance cannot be hired!

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-11-05 14:40

    The police assisted what they thought at the time was a motorist in distress. Good for them, they can not see the future to see what they were GOING to do. But they reacted and got one of them. Good for them again.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-05 14:42

    I know Policemen are trying to make a better impression but this is a bit much.

      napolita.kio - 2012-11-05 15:21

      Try saying that to Mr Vorster whom they police were trying to help.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-05 15:30

      WhoTF is Mr Vorster?

      andrew.selous - 2012-11-05 16:19

      gert, you nearly made me piss my pants lol

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-05 14:44

    I think it says, man ran out of petrol. Cops helped him to buy some petrol. When they got back 2 ppls were robbing the driver. Shootout = 1 dead.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-05 15:31

      I get the same idea, but according to the headline it does not sound like the same story. In any way, the police tried to help, nice of them and good on them. When the s hits the fan, they did their job and that is very good of them. Thumbs up on both actions for them.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-11-05 15:57

      Let me explain the riddle. Police saw 2 men stuck next to the road because of petrol. The police offered to go buy them petrol. When the police came back they found that the guys they went to buy petrol for were busy trying to hijack another car next to where their car was. Possibilities- Since they were thieves they were afraid that the police might find something out about them including the illegal gun when they returned. So they wanted a get away car with some benefits. Any other question?

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-05 14:46

    'Unknowingly" so their gesture was of goodwill end of story.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-11-05 14:52

    I can imagine the sensation this topic will have amongst those who think nothing good for this country. It is the police duty to help out any motorists in distress, whether it be assisting them with petrol, changing tyres, towing, etc. It just happens that the buggers were robbers and the police couldn't have sniffed that one out, could they??

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-05 15:33

      Luvo, I do think "nothing" of this country anymore, then once in a while something like this comes up that put a smile on my face and some hope in my heart.

  • robyne.peel.9 - 2012-11-05 14:58

    I always thought that it was illegal to be caught "broken" down on the side of the road without petrol?

  • riaan.venter.18 - 2012-11-05 15:01

    Get the story correct!

  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-05 15:05

    N24 I mean really, you have a lot of room for improvement. According to the heading, the police bought petrol for the robbers but the body doesn't say that. It is saying they genuinely helped a motorist who they later assisted from being mugged by robbers. Next time, please put thumbsdown/-up below the topic so we can assess it for relevance to the story.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-05 15:08

    SA Police helping criminals and terrorists seems to be a zuma trademark now - #nkandla Nathi, any response or are you still tucked in that murky smoky hut deliberating what next bastion of Democracy to assault?

      Mandiana - 2012-11-05 15:17

      Don't be stupid wena man. Read the article, before u comment hau.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-05 15:32

      WTF, Montagnes.Bleues - Where are you coming from?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-05 15:58

      And the life time imbecile award of all times goes to...

  • - 2012-11-05 15:10

    I don't think the fella who wrote this article is a journalist at all. The police did NOT help robbers! They were helping a man who ended up a victim to opportunistic robbers, period.

  • skmc01 - 2012-11-05 15:10

    POLICE BUY PETROL FOR ROBBERS IN JHB................Don't understand the article......umm did they buy the petrol for the robbers after they shot at them or was it before they shot at confusing, wait wait they bought petrol for the robbers and cause the robbers use shell and not sasol they shot at the police.......seriously shoddy...

  • UncleShep - 2012-11-05 15:16

    News 24.......seriously.......!?!?

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-11-05 15:29

    in the upper face ? swak joernalistiek die !

      tshidso37 - 2012-11-05 16:08

      In the upper face???? Damn, that's really swak

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-11-05 15:31

    The head line does not link with the story - I don't know its the same story.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 15:36

      Link your brain with the story and leave the false misleading headline out you will understand. The police never bought petrol for the robbers, it was for a stranded motorist who happened to be robbed when the police came back. OBE at work...

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-11-05 15:33

    How were the cops to know the stranded were crooks. At least these cops did their job by shooting one of them (one less criminal on the streets).

  • khaedu - 2012-11-05 15:37

    After reading the article 8 times I got the story: The robbers found the police stranded and needing fuel so the driver went to buy and when he returned found robbers shooting at the police and the driver was shot.

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 15:41

      LOL!!! Eish

      siphamandla.tabata - 2012-11-05 17:34

      Lol. What?

  • khaye.mdakane - 2012-11-05 15:38

    I thought I had a Monday babalaas. Maybe even the person who wrote this had a blue Monday, thank U news24 for wasting our time - debating what happened.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-05 15:41


      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-05 15:44

      Upper head nogal.

  • philip.lynx.3 - 2012-11-05 15:41

    Not accurate - the police were assisting a man by the road who the robbers attempted to take the car from - the headline is misleading; it makes the police look silly and in this case, at least, they were brilliant.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-11-05 15:42

    I agree with @thabo...bad writing of the article

  • lesmanbanda - 2012-11-05 15:50

    Even with my little education, \r\nthe article lacks clarity. It sounds cops committed what some might call innocent sin other than accomplices

  • andre.phillipson - 2012-11-05 15:57

    Another dead robber. That's all that matters

  • kyle.naidoo.5011 - 2012-11-05 15:59

    News 24 reporting is going from bad to worse. As for who want to bash the saps, well-read again. They offered to buy the driver fuel, as he was stuck. When they returned they found that the driver was being robbed. Give credit where credit is due, SAPS does come through - 2012-11-05 16:19

      Agreed. It doesn't help that N24 have the editorial ability of a 3year old either. This story is so full of holes and the heading is so mangled it might actually have been part of the shootout.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-05 16:00

    The Word "Keystone" keeps coming to mind.

  • chris.holloway.5 - 2012-11-05 16:01

    Where did the police get the money for the petrol? Surely the gangstas would not have given it to them...??

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 16:12

      Hahahahahaaaaa... yesus i'm really enjoying. Haven't had a good laugh in a while.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-05 16:03

    Some of our cops are uneducated, untrained and just plain dumb!

  • mhlengwem - 2012-11-05 16:03

    stupid police

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-05 16:09

    Pls comrade president malema, where ever youre hibernating, youve always succeeded in giving news24 brilliant pieces of reporting. Its completely twaak we read here this days, with zuma trying his feeble best to outdo you on the newsmaker of the year award.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 16:13

    No man this is too much honestly I just give up. Eish mara waitse, this is really depressing!!!

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-06 09:43

      Given up on what?? I think ur missing the point here

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-11-05 16:13

    What a misleading title. The police are made to look like the baddies because they offered to do a good thing. Shame on you New24!

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-05 16:15

    Its time to have another facebook acc. News24 has especialy employed a farmer to screen my comments, i was mpho ndlovu, then lebo hadebe, manfred, m khethu nw, just wait for the latest one.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-11-05 16:55

      A farmer huh?

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-11-05 16:15

    Typical South African useless education. Thank you DA supporter for writing nonsense

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-11-05 16:28

    imagine this being an exam and after the story you get the following questions 1) who got robbed [5 marks] 2) who shot first between the police and the robber [10 marks] 3) whose money was used to buy petrol and how many litres [10 marks] 4) what happened to the man who was stuck in the first place, after the shoot out [10 marks] 5) in your own words, what happened [50 marks]

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-11-05 16:42

      90% of news24 commentators don't read the story, they just check the headlines and goes ballistics. The comments here clearly shows our state of the nation..."tipping point".

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-05 16:31

    Kenpeg,you mamba!!

  • kooskanmar - 2012-11-05 16:50

    Police dumb, but journalist dumberer.

      mashadi.matjila - 2012-11-06 07:24

      And your spelling is horrific

  • samacoba - 2012-11-05 17:07

    Let me get this straight...The driver was sitting in his car without petrol,Then the police came and offered to buy him some,However they then came back to find that he is a "robber" who is being robbed by other robbers,I mean were these robbers having a practice run at night ,otherwise this story makes no sense at all. Is that what this story is saying because if not,someone had a bit too much over the weekend,and they shouldve not have any business writing stories today.....

  • nkosinathi.nhlangulela - 2012-11-05 17:07

    While the crooks asked send the police to buy petrol they hijacked the car and the police were fast and came back earlier with the police. Ok something like that.

  • johan.m.pretorius.3 - 2012-11-05 17:33

    Bad reporting and a misleading angle...

  • Davidtinuskonstantinatos - 2012-11-05 17:51

    This is nw a silly story,sooo confusing !

  • - 2012-11-05 19:51

    What is confusing about this story ? It's simple to understand ! What don't you's understand ?

  • clivegoss - 2012-11-06 10:39

    This is what the police is supposed to do SERVE anD PROTECT Well done SAPS Catch the "gotaway bastard"