UPDATE: Chase ends in deadly shootout

Members of the SAPS at the scene where the suspects were arrested in Longmeadow.

Following a car chase and shootout between members of the SAPS and armed suspects, one suspect was shot and and killed, another wounded and two were arrested.

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The injured suspect was transported from the scene under police guard.

The chase, which began along the N1 highway, involved a hijacked motor vehicle. The car was hijacked in Edenvale earlier in December.

“The same vehicle was involved in an armed robbery in Roodepoort on Wednesday morning,” said Sergeant Sharon Mahamba-Tsotsotso, the Sebenza SAPS spokesperson.

Sgt Tsotsotso said following the Roodepoort incident, members of the SAPS were told to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

According to Sgt Tsotsotso, members of the SAPS noticed the vehicle on the N1 and gave chase.

The chase progressed to the N3 freeway and then to the Longmeadow area where suspects lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the fence of a business.

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The Hawks, Crime Intelligence, the tactical task force and a police helicopter assisted in the chase and the arrest of the suspects.

Sgt Tsotsotso said the suspects fired at the police during the chase. Officers returned fire as the chase progressed to the Edenvale off-ramp in the Longmeadow area.

No police officers were injured but the injured suspect was shot in the lower back.

“The arrested suspects are aged between 24 and 41 years old,” said Sgt Tsotsotso.

She said the age of the deceased was unknown at the time of the arrest.

“Two firearms were recovered at the scene,” said Sgt Tsotsotso.


Stephan Lehman

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