Al­leged shop thief turns gun on him­self af­ter po­lice chase

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer was shot and wounded dur­ing a rou­tine in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day morn­ing at Bram­fis­cherville in Soweto.

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesper­son Colonel Lun­gelo Dlamini said a se­nior de­tec­tive, 48, was shot and wounded dur­ing a rou­tine in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the sus­pect, 30, was later found to have shot him­self while po­lice were look­ing for him in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Dlamini said de­tec­tives at­tached to the pro­vin­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit were fol­low­ing leads on one of the sus­pects, who was wanted for mur­der and at­tempted busi­ness rob­bery.

He added that the sus­pect was part of a group of about 25 men who shot and killed the branch man­ager of a Sho­prite store dur­ing an armed rob­bery on May 29, 2017.

The Star re­ported the case in May, in which a gang of about 25 men, trav­el­ling in two minibuses, stormed into a shop­ping cen­tre around 7pm and went into the Sho­prite, Sho­prite Liquor and the Hun­gry Lion restau­rant.

The gang robbed the em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers of their valu­ables, and also took an undis­closed amount of cash from the shops.

Dlamini added that on ar­rival at the house where the sus­pect was al­leged to be hid­ing, sev­eral shots were fired.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity, ask­ing that who­ever might have in­for­ma­tion about the other sus­pects should con­tact their near­est po­lice sta­tion or call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Dlamini added that a re­ward would be given to any­one with in­for­ma­tion that led to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the crim­i­nals.


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