A 28-year-old man was arrested in hospital on Tuesday, for a hijacking that ended in a shootout with police in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a 38-year-old woman was reversing her car out of her premises on Thursday, when she was hijacked by two men.
“They forced her to get out the car at gunpoint and drove off, firing three shots in the air. They also made off with her cellphone, money and personal documentation which were in the car. A case of carjacking was registered with the Chatsworth SAPS for investigation,” Gwala said.
Gwala said police tracked the stolen car down to a house in Tafelkop in KwaNdengezi and the men in the car opened fire on police and police returned fire.
The men flee in the car and a case of attempted murder was opened at the KwaNdengezi police station.
On Friday, at around 7pm, Greenwood Park police located the car at Quarry Heights.
“A shootout ensued between the police and suspects and a 26-year-old police constable was shot in the right leg and abdomen. Charges of attempted murder and malicious damage to property were registered with the Greenwood Park SAPS for investigation. The suspects abandoned the car and fled on foot,” said Gwala.
The car was impounded.
On Tuesday morning, police followed information that led to the G.J. Crookes Hospital in Scottburgh.
“They interviewed a patient with a gunshot wound to his right chest and established that he was indeed the notorious suspect that police had been pursuing for the theft of the Kia and the subsequent shootings at police,” Gwala said.
“He had been admitted to hospital under a false name.”
The man was arrested and is expected to appear in court soon.