Wanted double murder suspect dies following gun battle with police

Wanted double murder suspect dies following gun battle with police
Wanted double murder suspect dies following gun battle with police. Image source: Pixabay

In the early hours of this morning, police officers from the Stabilisation Team were following up on information regarding a suspect who was sought for a double murder and robbery case that occurred in Melmoth last year.

The team proceeded to a flat at the Cato Crest informal settlement where the suspect was hiding, to execute a warrant of arrest. When the police officers approached the suspect drew his firearm and opened fire at police officers. The 30-year-old suspect was fatally wounded during the shoot-out. He was found in unlawful possession of a pistol with three rounds of ammunition.

It is alleged that on 19 November 2023, the suspect entered a house at Hawayi in Melmoth and shot two women aged 20 and 33 before fleeing the scene with one of the victim’s cellphone. Nomvula Zulu (33) was declared dead at the scene and the other victim, Noluthando later died in hospital. The suspect fled the area when he became aware that the police were looking for him.

A warrant for his arrest was issued by the Melmoth Magistrates Court. The shooting incident was reported to IPID for investigation.

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