Gunman killed, police wounded in dramatic mall shootout

2017-10-31 12:18
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Midrand – Two policemen were wounded, two suspects arrested and a third suspect was killed in a dramatic shootout at Kyalami Corner in Midrand on Tuesday morning.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said while police officers were conducting a crime prevention operation in Bramley, a group of men hijacked an unmarked police vehicle with the officer inside.

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"Then they drove off with him in the unmarked police car. They also kidnapped a woman that was walking on the street."

Officers were alerted and pursued the police vehicle on the R55, according to Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

Firearms recovered

The car was later abandoned at Kyalami Corner and the men ran into a mall, Dlamini said.

"When police responded to the incident at the mall (Kyalami Corner), a shootout ensued. The police officer that had been hijacked was shot in the upper body and a second one was shot in the hand. The woman who had been kidnapped did not sustain any injuries," Dlamini said.

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Netcare911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said one man was killed.

Dlamini said police recovered three firearms at the scene.

A manhunt has been launched for another suspect, who is still at large.

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