A member of Reaction Unit South Africa escaped injury following a gun battle with heavily armed suspects in Phoenix on Sunday evening 6 October 2019, at 18:50.
The Reaction Officer was on bike patrol at a business premises in the Gem City Complex when he was informed of an armed robbery in progress at a Tattersalls. The Reaction Officer immediately called for backup units and approached the entrance of the business. The suspects opened rapid fire on him. One suspect positioned himself in the parking lot and began firing rapidly with a high caliber rifle resulting in shoppers fleeing for cover.
The Reaction Officer returned fire when the gunmen got into a black, new model Mercedes Benz and sped off. Back-up RUSA Officers converged on the scene and conducted an extensive search for the robbers, however they still remain at large.
Several spent 9mm and rifle cartridges were recovered at the scene. The Reaction Officer was not injured.
It is believed that the suspects belong to a gang that that have targeted several Tattersalls in Kwazulu-Natal in recent months.
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