Wanted suspect fatally shot during a shootout with SAPS Provincial team members from Mpumalanga

Wanted suspect fatally shot during a shootout with SAPS Provincial team members from Mpumalanga
Wanted suspect fatally shot during a shootout with SAPS Provincial team members from Mpumalanga. Image source: Pixabay

A wanted suspect, aged 39, was fatally shot during a shootout with SAPS Provincial team members from Mpumalanga.

The incident occurred at Malaining in Dennilton on Thursday night, 23 May 2024, just before midnight (around 23:00).

A report indicates that the team members’ operationalised intelligence driven information about a suspect who was sought for a series of crimes such as armed robberies committed in various areas including in Vosman, Siyabuswa, Tweefontein, Kwamhlanga, and Mmametlake.

In a well-coordinated operation, the astute members cornered the suspect in Dennilton after intensive investigative efforts.

Upon sighting the approaching law enforcement officers, the suspect reportedly opened fire, resulting in a tense exchange of gunfire.

Unfortunately, during the confrontation, one officer sustained injuries and was promptly evacuated to a medical facility for urgent medical treatment.

In response to the imminent threat posed by the armed suspect, the SAPS officers engaged in a defensive manoeuvre to protect themselves and innocent bystanders.

It was during this time when the suspect was fatally shot during the exchange of gunfire whilst a 13-year-old minor somehow sustained some injuries by a stray bullet. He was also taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Following the conclusion of the operation and ensuring the scene was secure, law enforcement officers conducted a thorough search and recovered a firearm believed to have been used by the suspect in criminal activities.

The recovered weapon will undergo forensic examination to establish any possible involvement in previous crimes.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) will be investigating the shooting incident.

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, has emphasized that the men and women in blue remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens even during this time when the country approaches the 2024 elections. “We will continue to work tirelessly to apprehend individuals involved in criminal activities. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the injured officer for a speedy recovery and commend the bravery and professionalism displayed by our officers in the face of grave danger. We urge members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities promptly. Together, we can create safer communities for all,” said the General.

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