Cresta Mall armed robbery, shootout, 1 suspect killed

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Cresta Mall armed robbery, shootout, 1 suspect killed
Cresta Mall armed robbery, shootout, 1 suspect killed

A suspect has been fatally wounded during a shootout with the police on Tuesday afternoon, 8 October 2019, near Soweto.

Earlier in the afternoon Police were alerted of a robbery at an electronics store at Cresta Mall in the West Rand. It is reported that a group of men entered the store and stole several electronics/appliances. The robbers allegedly fired shots as they fled, resulting in one security guard being wounded and rushed to hospital.

A lookout was activated for the robbers’ two vehicles and members from the Anti Gang Unit spotted and cornered the suspects in a Nissan NP200 on the highway. A shootout ensued and one suspect was declared dead on the scene, one arrested and one managed to evade arrest and is still on the run with police hot on his heels.

One firearm was recovered from the vehicle and will be subjected to ballistic testing to establish possible linkage to previous crimes.

Police are still searching for a second vehicle, a white VW Polo hatchback which went in the direction of Pimville.

Gauteng Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has applauded the vigilance of the members that led to the rapid response and swift apprehension of the suspects.

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