Three suspects captured following shootout in Bellair

Three suspects were arrested by the super-sleuth officers from Chatsworth SAPS and the K9 Unit following a shootout in  the Bellair vicinity, yesterday. According to police reports, at about 2:45pm, police officers were conducting an operation when they spotted a VW Golf with five occupants inside at the corner of Mowat and Umhlatuzana Roads.

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Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane, said that occupants sped off after the police vehicle. “Police officers immediately gave cash. The suspects allegedly fired shots at the police, who returned fire, wounding two suspects. They abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot,” he explained. 

According to Lt Col Zwane, police managed to arrest the two injured suspects while a third was arrest with the assistance of a canine. “The remaining two suspects managed to evade arrest. The injured suspects were arrested and taken to hospital for medical attention under police guard,” he added.

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Police officers recovered an unlicensed firearm and a remote jamming device. The suspects will be charged for possession of an unlicensed firearm and attempted murder. They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon. 

KZN’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa commended his fellow police officers for the arrests and the recovery of the firearm. “The suspects will be profiled to establish if they can be linked to other serious and violent crimes in the area,” Maj Gen Langa concluded.

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