One suspect was killed, another suffered a broken wrist, two suspects got away and a bystander was hit by a stray bullet
IT looked like a scene from an action movie in Terenure on Thursday afternoon when a shootout between police and fleeing house robbers ended in one suspect being killed and another arrested.
The suspects’ getaway car crashed into a tree after the driver had been shot dead.
The incident took place on Rooihout and Heather streets at about 1.30pm.
Norkem Park SAPS spokesman, Capt Lesibana Molokomme, said a suspicious looking black Volvo had been spotted at a house on Rooihout Street while officers were patrolling in the area.
“When the suspects noticed the police vehicle, they drove out of the property and opened fire on the police. The police retaliated,” he said.During the shootout, Molokomme said, the suspect driving the vehicle was hit, resulting in the vehicle crashing into a tree.
“One of the suspects, who was a passenger, broke his wrist. A pedestrian walking down Rooihout Street was hit by the vehicle and wounded in the thigh,” he further explained.
Two other suspects escaped.
Molokomme said stolen TVs, computers and other items were found in the Volvo. Three firearms had been recovered, two at the house that been broken into and one in the suspects’ vehicle.“The injured suspect was arrested and taken to hospital and will be charged with house breaking, theft and attempted murder.”
Norkem Park SAPS spokesman, Capt Lesibana Molokomme, speaks at the crime scene:
The street was abuzz with activity. Police had cordoned off the area but still had to ensure that the crime scene was not tampered with.
Various emergency services were on the scene to attend to the injured bystander and suspect. Onlookers were taking videos and photographs of the scene.
Others just stood in shock, gawking at the aftermath of the shootout. They were especially fascinated when the injured suspect was lifted onto a stretcher and escorted by police into an ambulance to be taken to hospital.
Suspect with broken wrist escorted to ambulance: watch video
More photographs at the scene