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2022/05/18      |  Written By:  Brigadier T Kinana   |   Province:  Eastern Cape

ZWELITSHA: 17 MAY 2022 - An intelligence driven operation led to the recovery of firearms, and the arrest of suspects following a shootout in Walmer, Gqeberha last night.

On Monday, 16 May 2022, a task team that was formed to combat the proliferation of illegal firearms in the Nelson Mandela District operationalised an intelligence information. Later that evening, a team pounced on a house in Siwisa Street, KwaZakhele. It is said that on police arrival, an occupant managed to flee. On searching the premises, the following items were seized:

One (01) x 1.38 Taurus revolver with ammunition

Thirty eight (38) x 9mm rounds of ammunition

One (01) x 9mm gas gun

Four (04) x paintball rifles

After completing the scene, the same team proceeded to a second house in Ntakumba Street, Walmer (Gqeberha). When the police were entering the premises, suspects fired several shots at police through a window, and members retaliated. It is further alleged that during a shoot-out, fire broke out from the house, one suspect was fatally shot and three were arrested. Moments later, fire fighters extinguished the fire and three firearms (a rifle and two pistols) and a bullet-resistant vest were discovered in the debris. The seized firearms will be sent to ballistics for further analysis.

At this stage, the cause of fire is unknown. The three (03) suspects aged between 29 and 35 are due to appear in court soon on 22 counts of attempted murder with additional charges of possession of unlicenced firearm and ammunition.  The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will investigate a murder case.