PARKTOWN – One suspect was fatally wounded, and two escaped following a high-speed chase and shootout with the police and security officers in Johannesburg CBD on Monday, 06 June 2022 at approximately 14h00.
A multidisciplinary team consisting of members from SAPS Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Highway Patrol Unit, Gauteng Traffic Saturation Unit, Tracker Connect, BadBoyz Security and Vision Tactical followed information about suspects that are committing armed robberies and car hijackings around Johannesburg.
The team managed to spot the suspects’ vehicle, an Audi A5, with three occupants, in Mayfair at approximately 14h00. As the team was stopping the suspects, they sped off and started shooting at members and a shootout ensued. Two suspects jumped out of the moving vehicle and fled on foot. Police continued to chase the suspects’ vehicle until it crashed into an electric pole in Johannesburg CBD.
One suspect, with gunshot wounds, was found inside the vehicle and he was later certified dead by the paramedics.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was fitted with false registration plates and it was reportedly hijacked in Kempton Park in May this year.
An unlicensed firearm and ammunition were found inside the suspects’ vehicle. None of the members of law enforcement agencies or the public were injured.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has once more, applauded the multidisciplinary team that has in the past months intercepted numerous suspects that are involved in armed robberies and hijackings in the province.
Police are searching for suspects that escaped.