One killed during a crossfire between police and criminals

A police constable was nearly shot when suspects blocked his vehicle and without uttering a word, opened fire at him and his friends.

This incident happened at Goromane Trust near Hazyview.

According to the police, the 31-year-old Constable was driving his private vehicle with two occupants when three suspects driving in a hijacked Toyota Legend 50 bakkie fired shots at them injuring one occupant from the member’s car.

It is reported that Constable retaliated hitting two suspects where one was certified dead at the nearby clinic and the other seriously injured.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed a case of attempted carjacking, inquest, and attempted murder are being investigated.

“It also came forth that the same suspects earlier the same day hijacked two vehicles at Hazyview, an Opel Kadett which they dumped for the Toyota Legend 50 bakkie which they used to attack the police member. The IPID has been informed about this incident and they will conduct their investigation as well,” added Hlathi.

The police have launched a manhunt for the third suspect who apparently vanished during the commotion.

They are therefore requesting anyone who might have information to contact Detective Lieutenant Colonel Duduzile Shabangu at 0824692569