Driver, 2 cops shot and wounded while foiling Johannesburg hijacking

2018-12-28 15:54
Police working at a crime scene on Main Reef Road where two officers were shot and wounded. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

Police working at a crime scene on Main Reef Road where two officers were shot and wounded. (Ntwaagae Seleka, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Two police officers were shot and wounded while responding to an attempted hijacking on Main Reef Road in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

A street vendor who chose to remain anonymous said that, around 11:00, he was on the pavement packing his wares when the shooting occurred.

"I have never seen such a thing before," said the visibly shaken man.

He said he had seen men in a white sedan stopping near a silver Toyota Corolla and pulled the driver out of the car.

They shot the driver once in his leg. The hijackers, however, failed to steal the vehicle, as police responded swiftly.

'I threw myself on the ground'

"They then shot at him. I suddenly saw a marked police vehicle quickly stopping near the hijacking and two officers opened fire on the men who attempted to hijack the Corolla.

"I then threw myself on the ground, fearing to be caught in the crossfire.

"The robbers also opened fire in the direction of the police and injured one of them. Thereafter, I saw the robbers carrying guns and running in the direction of a Mercedes-Benz sedan which was nearby, attempting to hijack it. They failed to take the Mercedes-Benz and fled in the white sedan they arrived in," said the witness.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said a second officer had also been shot and wounded, but added that the information they had was still sketchy and more information would be made available later.

The two officers and the driver of the Toyota Corolla were taken to hospital.

"At the moment, we are investigating cases of attempted murder and armed robbery. We have not made any arrests and are investigating the matter," said Naidoo.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime  |  shootings

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Enter the examination number or search by province or school (NSC Students) to view results.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.