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Manhunt launched for suspected drug dealer who allegedly shot at the police while fleeing

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo


POLOKWANE - The Police in Polokwane have launched a manhunt for the suspected drug dealer who was allegedly found selling drugs at Savannah Mall and also shot at the Police when the members pounced on him on Monday 25 April 2022 at about 18:25.

Members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP) received information about a male suspect who was selling drugs inside a Mazda sedan vehicle at Savannah mall on the outskirts of Polokwane. They quickly rushed to the said place and upon arrival at the scene, the members stopped next to the vehicle matching the description given.

The police then approached the vehicle with the aim of searching it but all of sudden, the suspect sped off while shooting at them. The members returned fire and a car chase ensued. The suspect immediately abandoned the vehicle next to Pholosho Medi Clinic and fled into the darkness on foot.

The members searched the vehicle and found drugs and live rounds of ammunition. It is not known at this stage whether or not the suspect was struck during the shootout as the said vehicle was found with a bullet hole. No injuries were sustained by the members during the exchange of gunfire with the suspect.

A massive manhunt has since been launched and anyone with information that can help in the apprehension of the suspect is urged to contact the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Gerald Kotze on 082 744 8205 or Crime Stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police or MySAPS App.

Cases of attempted murder and suspected dealing in drugs were opened and investigations are continuing.


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