N2 shootout: Police officers commended for their bravery

The scene of the incident.

Acting provincial commissioner of KZN, Maj Gen Bheki Langa praised police officers for their bravery displayed during the N2 shootout which left four suspects dead and one injured. The injured suspect is in hospital under police guard following the incident, which left thousands of motorists stranded in traffic.

Once the surviving suspect is discharged from hospital, he will be facing a number of charges including attempted murder, possession of property suspected to be stolen as well as possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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On Friday afternoon, these brave police officers from KZN received credible intelligence of a planned robbery. The police officers spotted a white Mercedes Benz, with five occupants along the N2 north bound freeway near Queen Nandi Drive. Police attempted to stop the said vehicle but the suspects opened fire at the policemen while fleeing.

A shootout ensued and the suspects pushed the police vehicle off the road which resulted in both vehicles landing on an oncoming south bound lane.

Three suspects were fatally wounded in the shootout with police while two were arrested with the help of a police chopper.

Both arrested suspects were taken to hospital for treatment and later, one of them died. Police seized four unlicensed firearms with ammunition, a police radio and house break-in implements. The vehicle used by the suspects was taken during a robbery in Sydenham, last month. Three police officers were injured as a result of collision and were also taken to hospital for treatment.

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Maj Gen Langa praised the police officers for their swift response and brave actions even when they knew that they could have lost their lives in the process.

“This incident once again serves as a warning to criminals that our police officers will defend themselves when they come under fire while executing their duties. Our police officers were extremely professional and the response witnessed on Friday is in line with the ‘back to basics’ approach adopted by police,” he said.

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