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More illegal firearms take off Port Elizabeth's streets

Jul 30, 2019
More illegal firearms take off Port Elizabeth's streets

Port Elizabeth - Efforts of the SAPS' Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) in eradicating the proliferation of illegal firearms in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding clusters are certainly bearing the fruits, local police said.

"In a space of 48 hours, four firearms were seized and suspects arrested," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"On Saturday morning, at about 03:15, the AGU members followed up on information received about a firearm at a house in Kawa Street, in Zwide.

"On arrival at the house, members spotted a group of males sitting around a fire.

"As they approached, one male got up and ran."

Col Naidu said that police officers ran after him and when they were at the back of a house, the suspect, aged 32 years old, pointed a firearm at the police officer.

"The officer fired one shot injuring him in his abdomen. He was arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and pointing of a firearm."

The serial number of the firearm was filed off. He is expected to appear in court soon.

On Sunday, at about 09:40, the AGU were conducting disruptive searches in hotspot areas when they arrested a 21-year-old suspect at the corners of Brass and Schultz Streets in Bethelsdorp.

"The suspect started running when he saw the police," Col Naidu said.

"He was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with ammunition, which was reported stolen in Kabega Park in August 2005."

Again on Sunday, at about 09:30, the AGU members followed up on information received and arrested two suspects in a VW Golf  7 vehicle along Highfield Road.

"Suspect found in possession of a 9mm Lugar. The firearm was found on the floor of the vehicle. This firearm was reported stolen in Protea Glen in September 2015."

On Monday, at about 09:15, the AGU members received information from the community regarding a person with firearm allegedly robbing people in William Slammert Drive in Bethelsdorp.

"A 29-year-old suspect was arrested with a .22 pistol and ammunition," Col Naidu said.

"He was arrested and detained for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

"The ownership of the firearm is yet to be determined.

"All these firearms will be sent to ballistics for analysis."

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