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2022/10/10      |  Written By:  Brigadier J Naicker   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

DURBAN: 8 October 2022 – Yesterday, two armed robbers were shot and fatally wounded following a high speed chase and shootout in Newlands East

Earlier in the day a courier vehicle was robbed on the M7 near Edwin Swales Drive by a group of armed men who fled the scene with a large quantity of valuable goods. A description of the vehicle used in the armed robbery was circulated and was later spotted travelling in the Newlands East area. Police officers from various units and police stations together with security officers pursued the suspects.

The armed suspects opened fire at police officers and a shootout ensued during the high speed chase. The suspects lost control of their vehicle and crashed into a barrier. They abandoned their vehicle and continued to shoot at police officers whilst fleeing on foot. Two men were fatally wounded during the shootout while others were able to flee into nearby bushes. Despite an extensive search of the area by the K9 Unit, the remaining suspects managed to evade arrest.

An investigation into the shooting is underway and detectives believe that the men are linked to numerous robberies in the Ethekwini area.