Nelspruit: 25 April 2023- One suspect was arrested and is under police guard in hospital after a shootout with police at Shangaanhill in Bushbuckridge.
According to information, on Monday 24 April 2023 at around 12:30, police in Bushbuckridge were performing their patrol duties at Shangaanhill, when they spotted a white Toyota Quantam which matched a description of the one that was reported hijacked at Bolobedu in Limpopo province.
Police tried to stop the vehicle, but they were greeted with a hail of bullets, forcing police to retaliate. Police managed to force the Quantum out of the road and brought it to halt.
It is alleged that two occupants alighted from the vehicle and one of them fled the scene. The second suspects who sustained two gunshot wounds was arrested. He is currently under police guard in hospital.
Upon searching the vehicle one rifle, one 9mm pistol and one 9mm live round were recovered.
Police urge anyone with information that can assist in tracing the suspect who is still at large to please contact the Investigating Officer Detective Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mashego on 082 469 1298. Alternatively members of the public can call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP.
In a separate incident a 9mm pistol with no rounds was recovered in Schoemansdal.
Local police acted on information that community members gathered around the suspect’s residence on Monday 24 April 2023 at around 23:00.
On police’s arrival a search was conducted which led to the recovery of the firearm.
The 27 year old suspect failed to produce a firearm licence hence he was arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearm.
The suspect is expected to appear in Nkomazi Magistrate’s Court today Tuesday 25 April 2023.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrests of the suspects and the recovery of the firearm.