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Suspect dies during shootout while another three arrested

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

Dutywa 23 October 2022: Three armed suspects were arrested while another accomplice was shot dead during a shootout with police, private security and the alleged robbers yesterday afternoon, 22/10 at Ngcingwane Location outside Dutywa.

It is alleged that about five males entered a shop and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash, tobacco and cellphones. The sixth suspect was waiting in a getaway vehicle. The owner alerted their armed response who gave chase. A shootout ensued between the security officials and the suspects, leaving a 31-year-old suspect fatally wounded.

Other suspects fled the scene with the security and police close on their heels. Three suspects were arrested in a nearby village. Two firearms (serial no’s filed off), fourteen rounds of ammunition and a magazine were confiscated. The vehicle (BMW) that was used in the robbery was also confiscated.

The suspects aged between 23 and 25 years were arrested and charged for business robbery, possession of prohibited firearms and illegal possession of ammunition.

They are expected to appear in court soon.




Captain Siphokazi Mawisa

071 366 1907