Police shot and killed two suspects minutes after they and four accomplices had robbed a house in Lambata Street in Browns Farm on Monday night.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk says members of the K9 Unit were on patrol in Browns Farm when they were approached by a community member who tipped them off about a house that had just been robbed.
“While still driving, the police members saw six suspects approaching, who started shooting at the police,” he says
Van Wyk says the cops retaliated and shot dead one suspect while injuring a second one, and nabbing two more.
The injured man was rushed to hospital, but died yesterday morning.
“A Norinco pistol with its serial number filed off and a gas pistol were found on the suspects, as well as cellphones, a wallet with various cards in it and a monitor which had been robbed at the house,” says Van Wyk.
“Two other suspects managed to escape with stolen property.
“Cases of house robbery, attempted murder, murder and possession of prohibited firearms and stolen property have been opened.”
The two suspects, aged 21 and 29, are expected to appear in Athlone Magistrates’ Court soon.
Van Wyk added: “Innocent lives have been saved because during the house robbery the suspects warned the victims that they would come back and shoot them if their pin numbers were wrong.”