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Suspected robber shot and killed in Kwazakele while another arrested

Sep 1, 2017
Suspected robber shot and killed in Kwazakele while another arrested

A 28-year-old suspected robber was shot dead in Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth, early on Friday morning after pointing a firearm at police officers, who were chasing after him, while his companion was arrested.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the incident happened when SAPS Operational Command Centre (OCC) members were on patrol in Mbilini Road, Kwazakele.

"At 01:15, police officers spotted two suspicious persons walking in the street.

"On confronting the two in order to search them, one suspect ran away," described Captain Beetge.

"Two members followed him on foot and the other two remained with the other suspect.

"After a short distance, the fleeing suspect turned and pointed the members with a firearm. One of the members then shot and killed him. The firearm found on him was a 9mm pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition."

Meanwhile the other two members searched the other suspect and found a large knife in his possession.

"The 50-year-old male suspect was then arrested on a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon," said Captain Beetge.

"The deceased suspect,Anele Maputo, as well as the 50-year-old suspect, were strongly suspected of being on the verge of committing robbery in the area, was it not for the intervention of alert police members."

He added that an inquest as well as pointing of firearm dockets were opened.

The 50-year-old suspect will be appearing before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday to face the charge of possession of dangerous weapon.

The acting Motherwell Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, warned criminals that "attacks on police, especially when fire arms are used, will be acted upon with the full force and capabilities of the SAPS."