Cop injured, suspected robber killed in Mpumalanga shootout

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Police killed one person and arrested two after a shootout in Mpumalanga.
Police killed one person and arrested two after a shootout in Mpumalanga.
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  • A suspected robber has been killed in a shootout with Mpumalanga police.
  • A police officer was injured in the incident.
  • Police have also apprehended two business robbery suspects.

A police officer has been injured in a shootout with alleged robbers in Mpumalanga.

One suspected robber was killed in the shootout in Mhluzi near Middelburg on Monday.

Two other suspects were arrested before the shootout.

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A team of detectives were following up on information on the whereabouts of suspects in two business robberies that happened in Middelburg in the early hours of Saturday. They arrested two men, said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

"During the arrest, two vehicles - a black Audi A4 and a gold Audi A4 - were also confiscated for purposes of investigation," said Mohlala.

As part of the investigation, police officers then visited a house in Mhluzi.

"As they reportedly opened the door to conduct a search, they were met with a hail of bullets as the suspect abruptly started firing shots at the said members, injuring one. The members then defended themselves and shot back at the suspect, who later succumbed to his injuries," said Mohlala.

The injured police officer was rushed to hospital, and a case of attempted murder was opened.

Two people, aged 35 and 38, are expected to appear in the Middleburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with the two business robberies.

"Police cannot rule out the possibility of linking the two men to other crimes committed elsewhere," said Mohlala.

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