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Police were greeted by gunfire but a shootout ensued, leading to the arrest of eight suspects. PHOTO: SAPS

One killed during shootout with police in foiled truck hijacking

The police traced the suspects and were greeted with gunfire, which led to a shootout and the killing of one suspect.

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Police were greeted by gunfire but a shootout ensued, leading to the arrest of eight suspects. PHOTO: SAPS

One person was shot dead during a shootout with the police when suspects attempted to hijack a truck in the East Rand.

Police immediately pounced on the attempted hijackers after receiving intelligence information.

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SUSPECTS GREET COPS WITH GUNFIRE

It was on Friday when crime intelligence followed up on information about a plan to hijack a truck.

A team was formed, made up of Tactical Operations Management Section (TOMS) of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, Gauteng Traffic Police’s Saturation Unit, Tracker Connect and Badboyz Security.

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This team of law enforcement swiftly responded to the tip-off, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

“On [Friday], the crime intelligence-led information was operationalised to intercept the suspects and the vehicles fitting the description were spotted on the R554 in Boksburg, following an eight-ton truck,” said Nkwalase.

But police were immediately greeted with gunfire when they attempted to stop the suspects, Nkwalase said.

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One of the suspects was shot dead during a shootout with police in a foiled truck hijacking. PHOTO: SAPS

SHOOT OUT ENSUES BETWEEN SUSPECTS AND POLICE

A shootout between the suspects and the police immediately ensued as the cops returned fire.

One of the nine suspects is shot dead, said Nkwalase.

“Four others were wounded and taken to hospital while the remaining four were immediately arrested.”

Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase

Two cars allegedly used in the commission of the crime were seized. This includes three illegal firearms found in the vehicles.

“Eight suspects between the ages of 26 and 48 are expected to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court soon. They face multiple charges including murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, as well as conspiracy to commit crime.”

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GANG MEMBERS BEHIND VIOLENT CRIMES CAUGHT AFTER SHOOTOUT

Meanwhile, members of a gang allegedly involved in violent crimes in Gauteng were caught following a police chase and a shootout.

Police from the crime intelligence unit had followed up on information about the gang, who had planned to commit a hijacking in Kempton Park.

The police were told that the gang members drove a Lexus, said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo.

“A silver Lexus was spotted travelling together with a white Golf 7, at a high speed in Kempton Park.”

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Police managed to corner and arrest two suspects after a shootout ensued in Kempton Park. PHOTO: SAPS

The law enforcement team chased the cars and a shootout between the gang and police ensued.

Two suspects, aged 37 and 45 were cornered and arrested after they were found with two unlicenced firearms.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the Lexus was affixed with a false registration plate and that it was reportedly hijacked in Kempton Park in June 2022. The Golf 7 had just been hijacked in the same area,” said Masondo.

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