Staff Reporter/ Parktown
Monday, 07 December 2020
PARKTOWN –The South African Police Service (SAPS) Lyttelton arrested two suspects and fatally wounded another one in a high speed car chase and shootout, SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said.
“On Monday morning, 7 December 2020 members from Lyttelton SAPS that were on routine patrol in Doringkloof, identified a suspicious activity in the area; a silver Mazda double cab bakkie with three occupants.”
Captain Makhubhele said a preliminary report intelligence-driven investigation identified a similar vehicle reportedly being used in the commission of housebreakings in the area.
“The members attempted to conduct a stop and search, but the vehicle sped off; a high-speed car chase ensued along the N1 highway. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at the members and back-up was summoned.”
The police successfully intercepted the suspects’ vehicle near the Atterbury off-ramp and one of the suspects was shot and killed on the scene. The other two suspects, aged 30 and 34, were arrested and are believed to be residents of Mamelodi.
Housebreaking equipment and an unlicensed firearm was recovered from the suspects’ car.
On further investigation it was discovered that the vehicle utilised by the suspects had been reported stolen earlier.
“The suspects will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on possession of a stolen vehicle, unlicensed firearm and house breaking equipment. Further investigations are underway to determine whether the suspects may be link the to possible other crimes min the area.”
The Gauteng Provincial management praised the police and the private security companies for their vigilance and bravery in the execution of their duty. The private security companies had also responded when police called for back-up.
The police added that they are in full swing and criminals will feel the heat in Gauteng as the SAPS ensures a safer festive season.
Captain Makhubele urged the public to report “any suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to the police immediately by phoning the 10111 emergency-number. Information with regards to crime can also be provided to the police anonymously by phoning 08600 10111 or by using My SAPS App.”