Police kill 3 suspects in high speed chase and shootout, Middelburg

South African Police Service

Police kill 3 suspects in high speed chase and shootout, Middelburg
Police kill 3 suspects in high speed chase and shootout, Middelburg. Photo: SAPS

The South African Police Service Crime Intelligence continues to lead various multidisciplinary task teams on intelligence driven operations that yield desired outcomes to squeeze the space for criminals to zero.

In the early hours of this morning, 24 August 2018, the team conducted a crime intelligence operation to follow up on information about suspects that had plans to break into and rob business premises in Mhluzi, near Middelburg, Mpumalanga province.

The operation saw police being involved in a shootout with the suspects where three were fatally wounded, one was arrested, and three unlicensed firearms (two rifles and a pistol) as well as two vehicles were recovered.

On arrival at the place, the Team discovered that a safe inside one of the premises had already been blown up. The suspects then allegedly started shooting their way out of the situation. The police returned fire but the suspects fled the scene with undisclosed amount of money in three vehicles.

A high speed chase and exchange of fire with the suspects while police were in pursuit of the vehicles resulted in two of the suspects’ vehicles coming to a halt, one as a result of all three occupants being fatally wounded during the shootout and the driver of the other vehicle lost control.

Four occupants from that vehicle fled on foot. The police chased after the suspects with the support of the SAPS K9 Unit and managed to arrest one suspect. A manhunt for the remaining suspects is underway while the arrested suspect, aged 28, is currently being linked to other serious and violent crimes.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service