Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit in shootout with taxi hijackers

South African Police Service

Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit in shootout with taxi hijackers
Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit in shootout with taxi hijackers. Photo: SAPS

On 22 May 2022 at 11:20, police officers from the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit were following up information about a taxi that was hijacked at Meyi location in Ibisi and that was heading towards Mooi River on the N3 freeway.

Police officers attempted to intercept the taxi but the suspects sped off whilst shooting at police officers.

The suspects drove through the boom gate at the Mooi Toll Plaza and sped off.

At Riversdale in Mooi River, three men alighted from their vehicle whilst shooting at police officers. The suspect’s vehicle crashed into a wall of a home and police arrested two suspects aged 22 and 23.

One of the suspects sustained a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Inside the taxi, police found a pistol with two rounds of ammunition and a gas gun. It was confirmed that the taxi was hijacked in the Ibisi policing area.

One of the suspects appeared on 23 May 2022 and the other will appear before the Mooi River Magistrate’s Court on 24 May 2022, on charges of attempted murder, possession of stolen vehicle as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service