KwaZulu-Natal: Police official injured after a shoot-out with suspects, hijacked vehicle recovered.
In the early hours of today at 02:30, the members of the SAPS acted on an intelligence-driven information about a silver Mercedes Benz vehicle with five occupants suspected to commit a robbery in the Hilton area. The members spotted the said vehicle on the Dennis Shepstone Drive and the suspects started to fire shots at the police. The members gave chase and the driver of the vehicle turned into Knoll road, Hilton, still firing at the police. The police retaliated and one police official sustained a gunshot wound during the shootout. He was taken to hospital for medical attention where he is reported to be in a stable condition.
Five suspects died at the scene during the exchange of gunfire. A total of five unlicensed firearms were found in their possession as well as housebreaking implements. Preliminary investigations at the scene revealed that the vehicle used was highjacked in the Newlands East area in August last year. Police vehicles also sustained damages during the shooting. Charges of the inquest, attempted murder have been opened for investigation at Hilton SAPS. The IPID was also at the scene and will take over the investigation.