Cop chase of car thieves ends in crash, ar­rests

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

One crime sus­pect died and two oth­ers were in­jured af­ter a car chase that in­volved a shoot-out with po­lice in How­ick, KwaZulu-Natal.

“Last night (Thurs­day), Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Fly­ing Squad and K9 unit were alerted about three sus­pects, who were al­legedly in­volved in theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles in the How­ick and Town Hill ar­eas,” said po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant-Colonel Thu­lani Zwane.

“While con­duct­ing their ob­ser­va­tions along the main routes, they [po­lice] spot­ted a sus­pect ve­hi­cle [match­ing] the same de­scrip­tion given to them, with three oc­cu­pants. The mem­bers at­tempted to pull over the said ve­hi­cle but it sped off,” said Zwane.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers gave chase and a shoot-out en­sued,” he said.

Zwane said the flee­ing sus­pects had crashed their car into an­other ve­hi­cle. As a re­sult of the col­li­sion, the get­away car over­turned.

“Po­lice of­fi­cers man­aged to ap­pre­hend two sus­pects, who had gun­shot wounds. The third sus­pect died at the scene.

“Car jam­ming de­vices and a 9mm pis­tol were re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle,” said Zwane.

He said two sus­pects were now un­der po­lice guard in hos­pi­tal.

Zwane said the ar­rested pair will be charged with at­tempted mur­der, pos­ses­sion of car-break­ing im­ple­ments, reck­less and neg­li­gence driv­ing and pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and am­mu­ni­tion. – ANA

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