A man was shot dead when he attempted to steal a bag containing money at a funeral parlour in Edenvale, Gauteng police said.
Warrant Officer Cobus Holloway said four men in a white Polo followed a man and his mother, who had withdrawn a substantial amount of money from a bank, to the funeral parlour yesterday.
Three of the men tried to snatch the handbag containing money.
A scuffle ensued as the woman attempted to hold on to her bag.
One of the men pointed a firearm at the people wrestling for the bag.
The robbers then grabbed another bag, which did not contain money.
As they fled towards their getaway car, a member of the public fired a shot killing one of them instantly.
The others sped away in the Polo.
Police gave chase and arrested two of them while one managed to escape.
Three firearms were found in the car.
The car was linked to two robbery incidents in Johannesburg, Holloway said.