Armed suspect shot and wounded at Durban bus terminal

An armed suspect, who was shot and wounded by police at a bus terminal in the Durban Central Business District, will be profiled to establish if he was involved in any further crimes reported in the area, over the last few weeks.

On the day of the incident, the committed and super-sleuth police officers from the Durban Central Visible Policing Unit were conducting regular crime prevention duties in the CBD when they spotted four suspicious men, near a blue Hyundai Accent motor vehicle.

Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said that when the police officers approached the suspects, they all fled the area on foot.

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“Police officers gave chase on foot and one of the suspects was in possession of a handgun,” he explained. While at the local bus terminal, the suspect allegedly pointed a firearm towards police.

“They retaliated and shot the suspect, wounding him. The 26-year-old suspect was then rushed to hospital under police guard. The remaining three suspects are still at large and police are investigating further,” added Lt Col Zwane.

Police reports indicated that a case of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition was subsequently opened for further investigation at Durban Central police station.

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Lt Col Zwane confirmed that the injured suspect will be charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. “Once he is discharged from hospital, he will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court. Police are still searching for the three remaining suspects,” he concluded.

Following the incident, KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa applauded the Durban Central Visible Policing Unit for their alertness and attentiveness while conducting the respective duties in the CBD area.

“The recovered firearm will be forwarded for ballistic testing to establish if it was used in any crimes in the province. The suspect will also be profiled,” added Maj Gen Langa.

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Elaine Naidoo
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