Bystander shot as cops chase suspected robbers

2016-10-26 09:01
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - A bystander was shot in the leg as police pursued four alleged house robbers in Soweto on Tuesday night.

The four are alleged to have targeted a police officer's house in Mondeor earlier, where they held up the occupants and escaped with a car, handbag, TV and bank cards, Moroka police spokesperson Captain Mpande Khoza said.

According to police, the stolen Toyota Yaris was then parked in Freedom Park and the stolen goods were transferred to the robbers' Ford Laser, whereafter the robbers drove to Chiawelo.

They were spotted by police who attempted to stop them, but the vehicle sped off.

"The police then give chase and they were cornered. One of the four suspects managed to open the vehicle [door] and ran away," Khoza said.

"During the chase of the suspect, a bystander who was [near the scene] was shot in the leg and taken to the clinic."

Police recovered some of the stolen items, as well as a gun and ammunition used in the robbery.

The trio - aged 24, 25 and 26 - face charges of house robbery as well as possession of an unlicensed gun and stolen property.

Read more on:    soweto  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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