KZN man shot dead by police after high speed chase

Police. (News24, file)
Police. (News24, file)

Durban – A KwaZulu-Natal man who almost knocked down a pedestrian was shot and killed after a high-speed chase, local police said on Saturday.

Provincial spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said members of the Verulam unit were patrolling the Watson Highway in Verulam when they noticed a vehicle narrowly miss a pedestrian.

Mbhele said the driver refused to pull over for police, speeding up instead. A high-speed chase ensued.

She said backup was called and other members tried to fire shots into the tyres of the vehicle.

Eventually, she said, the vehicle came to a standstill and the driver was found dead in the car with a bullet wound.

A murder case was opened at the Verulam police station and that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate was investigating the matter, Mbhele said.

According to a tweet by REZA @crimeairnetwork, the man was shot and killed after he tried to run over police and ram into their vehicles several times. It said the chase ended in Tongaat.

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