Three suspects killed in Dalton shootout

Police were on high alert patrolling the area after four men wearing blue overalls held the 58-year-old businessman at gunpoint and made off with the cash in a silver Mercedes Benz.

The unsuspecting business owner is said to have been heading to an FNB ATM to deposit money when he was ambushed.

Allegedly the three robbers fled to the Seven Oaks area and were spotted by the Pietermaritzburg flying squad and criminal intelligence crime force.

Once spotting the police, the robbers abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby sugarcane field while still firing shots at police.

 

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, said the police retaliated at the assailants’ shots with one suspect dying on the scene. The other two died on route to the hospital in the emergency vehicle while the fourth is a still at large.

Police recovered two pistols, two AK47 riffles, and a revolver that was stolen from the businessman.  Zwane also pointed out that the vehicle recovered on the scene could be linked to a hijacking that occurred in October 2016 in Prestbury.

Acting Provincial police commissioner Major-General Bheki Langa applauded police officers swift response and recovery of the vehicle, firearms and cash.

“I am glad that our police officers escaped the shooting unscathed and that the stolen cash, as well as firearms were recovered. We are working around the clock to remove illegal firearms from the hands of the criminals in our province this festive season,” said Langa.

 

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Bongeka Sibisi
Journalist

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