Suspect commits suicide during shoot-out

2013-01-15 17:32

Johannesburg - Two policemen were wounded and a man committed suicide on Tuesday during a shoot-out in Kempton Park on the East Rand.

Officers on patrol tried to pull over a minibus taxi with about 10 occupants, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

When they told the minibus taxi driver to pull over he sped off. They lost sight of the taxi, but another officer later saw it in Sebenza, Edenvale.

The policeman gave chase and the men in the minibus started shooting.

When the taxi was finally cornered on Parkland Drive its occupants jumped out and ran away. A shoot-out ensued, in a veld near Modderfontein Road.

"Three suspects were arrested, but the fourth one shot himself. He died on the scene."

Two officers were injured. Three firearms were recovered, which police said had been used in an armed robbery in Brakpan.

A manhunt was on for another five men who escaped.

  • Vuyiswa - 2013-01-15 17:59

    why he shoots himself? maybe he is a policeman

  • marco.degiovanni.583 - 2013-01-15 17:59

    they have been working our erea for two weeks and with other vehicles, being used to scout potential victims, sooner or later penance will be brought to bear on these nasty and violent people

  • tshepo.motsitsi.9 - 2013-01-15 18:08

    good work by the police. But I'm curious as to how they know that the recovered firearms were used in a robbery in Brakpan. Do the cops have advanced ballistics testing equipment? if anyone knows please enlighten us, I'm not being facetious.

      brian.exmachina - 2013-01-15 18:56

      Why would you think that any police force in the world would not use ballistic testing in this day and age? We have advanced forensics and very capable policemen and investigators in South Africa, right up there with the Brits and Yanks. Unfortunately often political interference, poor management, large caseloads, or poor prosecution results in justice not being served.

      adrian.blau.5 - 2013-01-15 20:19

      Tshepo I agree with you. What are the odds of having ballistic reports the same day as this event. Surely with the current crime levels the forensics labs are not standing around waiting for bullets to be tested. Or did this happen on Tuesday last week?

  • - 2013-01-15 18:09

    What's wrong with our people? Shooting at police is not taken seriously. Charge this idiots with treason

  • gwvickers - 2013-01-15 18:17

    Oh so that's what I saw on the way home, was wondering what was going on

  • mark.booysen - 2013-01-15 18:22


  • blackies1 - 2013-01-15 18:26

    Why didn't he shoot his buddies first and then himself? Bells hour!

  • thedush - 2013-01-15 18:26

    Chad this has nothing to do with the ANC you bloody Agent

  • Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-15 18:40

    Now all you criminal rubbish, follow suit please!

  • mathilda.kganakga - 2013-01-15 18:46

    Coward.. Who said hell is better than jail

  • zondra.hoffmann - 2013-01-15 18:50

    This is the "Wild West Show" happening right here in South Africa.

  • garth.philpot - 2013-01-15 18:55

    Fantastic news !!!

  • mulis.muli - 2013-01-15 19:48

    leaving this entertaining world so early,rushing 2 Hell,good 4 him

  • Dotmatrix - 2013-01-15 21:23

    Imagine he might know what the prison is like and not want to go back. I know they bad but taking ones own life Jeez? Good Job to the men in blue. Suspects became criminals quickly when they opened fire. Glad no Police got hurt. Looking forward to the follow-up story when they catch the rest and everyone else involved.

  • lekker.wally - 2013-01-15 22:27

    Ja, you don't look for k-k with the Brakkies okes, you might as well commit suicide, you'll be better off.

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