The unlicensed firearm and ammunition, which were seized from the suspects
Four suspects, between the ages of 20 and 22, were arrested following a shootout with police, who were initially conducting crime prevention duties in the Greenwood Park area when they received a positive tracker signal for a hijacked vehicle.
Their quick response led to not only the recovery of the hijacked vehicle, but also stolen cellphones and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
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Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said, “After police officers responded to the signal, they spotted the said vehicle. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspects sped off towards R102 Road at Glen Anil.”
They gave chase and a shootout ensued. The said vehicle was eventually stopped with the assistance of police officers from the Inanda cluster.
“Two suspects were immediately arrested while another two were arrested while hiding in bushes. One of the suspects sustained a gunshot wound to his left lower leg,” he added.
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The vehicle used by the suspects was hijacked in Greenwood Park.
The arrested suspects will be charged with possession of suspected stolen property, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They are expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court this week.
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