Two robbery suspects were killed in a shootout with police after two spaza shops were robbed in Malmesbury on Thursday night.
Six of their alleged accomplices were arrested and one is on the run
The spaza shops in Holomisa Street, Ilingelethu were hit at around 19:30, police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said.
The robbers fled with cigarettes, cash and airtime vouchers in a white minibus taxi, he added.
"Members of Darling police who reacted on the all-points bulletin, spotted the taxi at a petrol filling station in Darling and instructed the occupants to exit the vehicle," Traut said in a statement.
"The suspects refused to comply and opened fire at police, which resulted in two suspects being fatally wounded after police retaliated."
Six people, aged 26 to 33, were arrested.
Two unlicensed 9mm pistols were allegedly found in their possession, Traut said.
"One of the arrested suspects was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. One suspect managed to evade arrest and is being sought by police."
They are expected to appear in the local magistrate's court once charged.
The death of the two suspects will be investigated by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.