An alleged male fugitive was reportedly shot and killed during a shootout with police on the afternoon of Thursday 2 February 2023, around 13:30 at Mattafin near Nelspruit.
According to the report, police received information about an alleged fugitive spotted at Mattafin (next to Parks Board offices).
The suspect identified as Bheki Martin Phiri (28) was wanted for escape from lawful custody on 11 November 2022 as well as for a case of attempted murder where a Police Sergeant (40) was shot and wounded by the suspect on 22 December 2022.
Police got information on his whereabouts and they drove to the said place.
On arrival, the suspect reportedly noticed the police then started firing some shots towards the members who responded accordingly and defended themselves and the suspect was fatally shot.
A firearm as well as live ammunition were found next to the suspect.
He was certified dead at the scene by the paramedics.
A case of murder was opened and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) will conduct further investigation.