Hijacker fatally wounded in crossfire, Rustenburg
Rustenburg – One hijacker was arrested and another fatally wounded after a high-speed chase ensued in the streets of Rustenburg on Wednesday, 4 October.
“Shortly after midnight, information was received from a tracker company that a stolen Chevrolet Aveo, hijacked in Mmabatho, was located in the Rustenburg vicinity,” captain Elsabé Augoustides, polices spokesperson, said.
The Phokeng K9 unit, members of the Flying Squad and Visible Police as well as the Rustenburg Police responded immediately and spotted the hijacked vehicle at a local garage in Rustenburg. A high-speed chase between the hijackers and Police officials ensued.
The Police managed to corner the suspects.
“The Police approached the vehicle and warned the suspects to cooperate,” Augoustides said. They refused to get out of the vehicle and managed to speed off again. Shots were fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspects.
In the process, the suspects’ vehicle crashed into two unsuspecting private vehicles.
One of the suspects jumped from the vehicle and was arrested on scene, but the second suspect fled the scene. Members of the K9 unit pursued and in the shootout, the suspect was fatally injured. A 9-mm Star pistol was found in his possession.
The Police are investigating a case of possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless- and negligent driving, the possession of an unlicensed firearm and an inquest pertaining to the death of the suspect. The remaining suspect appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 5 October.
Major general Arthur Adams expressed his sincere gratitude to the members for acting swiftly in the face of imminent danger. The men and women in blue reacted professionally and in line with their tactical training.
This incident is sending a stern warning to criminals: the Police are on duty 24 hours, alert, and ready to retaliate if faced head on with criminals. Adams also commended the personnel from the Tracker company for their professional cooperation with the Police, yielding success.
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