JMPD officer in serious condition following shootout in Turffontein

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Trevor Kunene, Gallo Images, Daily Sun

A Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer is in a serious, but stable, condition following a shootout in Turffontein on Tuesday evening.

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According to JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla, at about 19:30, two officers from the Special Patrol Unit stopped a suspicious Toyota Fortuner in southern Johannesburg.

"The driver and passenger exited the vehicle. The passenger drew a pistol and shot at the officers, hitting one officer in the shoulder.

"Officers then returned fire and the driver fled the scene on foot. The passenger immediately jumped behind the steering wheel of the vehicle, trying to flee from the scene but he collided with a fence nearby. It was then discovered that the passenger was shot in the thigh. 

"Officers managed to arrest the passenger and he was taken to hospital under police guard. The driver is still at large."

Fihla said the injured officer was rushed to Milpark hospital. The other officer was unscathed.

"It was established that the vehicle was reported stolen and the firearm used by the suspects was found in the vehicle. A case of attempted murder and possession of a stolen vehicle was opened for further investigation."

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