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Wanted criminal arrested in Burgersdorp following shootout

Mar 29, 2019
Wanted criminal arrested in Burgersdorp following shootout

When the suspect saw Burgersdorp police officers approaching his vehicle, he ran out while firing at the officers

Burgersdorp- Police in Burgersdorp have appealed to the public for information that can help them track down a wanted dangerous suspect following a shooting between local police and the suspects on Thursday.

"On Thursday morning, at about 06:00, local police officers were busy with their routine patrols around town when they responded to reports of a car hijacking," said police spokesperson, W/O Moitheri Bojabotseha.

"The officers came across a Toyota Conquest that was parked on the street and they become suspicious when they came close to it.

"Unfortunately, the suspects had already seen the police coming. On suspect got out and fired at the police officers as he ran."

W/O Bojabotseha said that the police officers returned fire and the suspect, aged 30-years old, was wounded.

"He was arrested and treated of his slight injuries at a local hospital before being detained at the Burgersdorp Police Station holding cells."

Suspect expected in Burgersdorp court soon

She said that he is expected in court soon to face the charge of attepmted murder; possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

"When the firearm was circulated, it emerged that it was stolen at Queenstown and is a police issue firearm."

W/O Bojabotseha said that no police officer was injured in the shooting.

The case is now being investigated by local detective at Burgersdorp SAPS.

Aliwal North SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Trevor Mey, saluted the local men and women in blue for their vigilant and quick response to the report of the crime, which led to the apprehending of the notorious suspect.

"The Police urge the public to assist in locating the other suspect. When you see him don't hesitate to contact the nearest police station for assistance."

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