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12 January 2021

Rustenburg – Two police officers were shot and injured when a group of four armed men who had just robbed the Safari SUPERSPAR on Monday 4 January, fled the scene.  

A manhunt has since been launched for the four unidentified men, who – like the rest of us – were wearing masks during the robbery. At this stage it is unclear how much money was robbed from the store.  

Investigations by the police suggest that after entering the store at around 13:00, the suspects allegedly threatened an employee with a gun, and emptied a cash register before they fled the scene.  

On their way out, they spotted and disarmed a police officer who was about to enter the store. The suspects then fired several shots at a Rustenburg Flying Squad police vehicle in the parking area.

“A sergeant and a warrant officer sustained hand and arm gunshot injuries. The suspects fled the scene in a silver Volkswagen Polo,” police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said.  

A woman working in Pharmacy Tuine, located a few metres from the spot where the two police officers were shot, told Platinum Weekly that one of the law enforcement agents received her initial treatment inside their facility.

Another eyewitness, who works at a nearby Pick n Pay outlet, said the armed men ran towards the BP filling station after the incident before fleeing the scene with their vehicle.     

The police assigned crime intelligence operatives, detectives as well as the Hawks to gather more information on the case to bring the suspects to book.  

Anyone with information regarding the robbery or the whereabouts of the suspects should please contact captain Tyson Ndlovu on 071 481 2867, SAPS Crime Stop at 08600 or provide a tip-off on the My SAPS App.   

Onlookers passed through the spot where the suspects shot at the police vehicles.
Police investigators gathered evidence near the spot where their colleagues were shot.   

 

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