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Port Elizabeth police officers caught in crossfire, still manage to arrest gangster

Sep 6, 2017
Port Elizabeth police officers caught in crossfire, still manage to arrest gangster

A 27-year-old alleged gang affiliate is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday after firing at patrolling police officers during a gang shootout on Tuesday night.

"On Tuesday, at about  20:45, members from the Provincial  Gang Investigation Unit were on duty and busy with investigation duties in Pienaar Street, in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth, when shots were fired in close proximity of where they were working," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The police officers immediately ran towards the direction of the gunfire. One person was seen running down Kobus Road.

"Several shots were fired and it is suspected that rival gangs were firing at each other and the police officers were caught in the cross fire."

She said that despite the danger of being shot, the members arrested the suspect and recovered a CZ pistol and 14 rounds of ammunition

"The 27-year-old suspect, affiliated to the NTB (Nice Time Boys) will appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition," added Col Naidu.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga, has applauded the arrest by the members, who selflessly risked their lives in effecting the arrest.

"September  is police safety month and our members are continuously reminded to stay alert and ensure that they are vigilant at all times, especially  in crime hotspot areas as they may encounter dangerous situations," he said.

"The members from the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit are commended for being operationally ready and dealt with the situation without causing any injuries to themselves or others."