Media Statement from Mpumalanga Media Centre
NELSPRUIT - Police are looking for suspects who shot and injured a police constable during a shootout with suspects in one of the banks at Ogies in the early hours of this morning at approximately 04:00.
The incident unfolded when police who were on patrol received a complaint about suspicious persons who were spotted at a local bank and police swiftly responded. When the two police officers arrived at the scene, they noticed three vehicles parked near the bank when suddenly they were approached by a group of armed men who opened fire at them. Police retaliated however one of them was injured in the process, they then took cover and summoned for backup. The suspects fled the scene.
The wounded policeman was rushed to hospital for medical treatment and a preliminary investigation was immediately instituted. Police discovered that the suspects had already gained entrance inside the bank and blasted a safe open however it appears their attempt was intercepted by the swift response of the police. Explosives were recovered at the scene and an investigation is still underway. Police further discovered another man who allegedly went to withdraw money and was locked in his vehicle by the suspects who left with the keys.
“We will not leave any stone unturned until these suspects are brought to book. Anyone who attacks or kills a police officer will face the full valour of the law. I also wish the officer who has been hospitalised a speedy recovery”, said the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma.
So far no one has been arrested yet and police are investigating a case of burglary business. Any person with information is urged to contact Warrant Officer Simon Matshika at 072 274 8592.
Brigadier Leonard Hlathi
Mobile: 082 462 0804