A hijacking suspect was fatally wounded during a shootout with the police in Alexandra on Tuesday, 9 February 2021. Police recovered an unlicensed firearm and a car reported to be hijacked in Rooihuiskraal, Pretoria hours before the incident.
Officers from Rapid Response Unit and Johannesburg Flying Squad intercepted the suspects driving a white Audi A4 that was reported as hijacked. Two suspects allegedly started shooting at the police and a shootout ensued.
One suspect was shot and killed while the other suspect jumped out of the car and fled on foot.
Police recovered the hijacked vehicle and an unlicensed firearm. A search for the suspect that escaped is underway.
It is reported that a six-year-old girl was taken to hospital after she was reportedly knocked down by the speeding hijacked vehicle.