Reaction Unit South Africa | Kwa-Zulu Natal | NARI
21 Apr 2018, Phoenix, KwaZulu Natal: Three (3) armed suspects open fire on Members of Reaction Unit South Africa in Phoenix earlier today (Saturday) during an armed robbery in progress.
At approx 11:07 Reaction Officers Sibusiso Mbatha & Javishkar Peakhu were on patrol near a railway line on Tower Road, Stonebridge - Phoenix when they noticed three (3) armed suspects holding a man at gunpoint & assaulting him with pistols.
The Reaction Officers drew their firearms & the suspects opened fire on them. The Officers returned fire and the suspects fled into a bush alongside the railway line. Back up was despatched to assist and a lengthy search for the suspects yielded negative results. Approx 13 rounds were fired by the suspects.
It was then established that the 48 year old victim was returning from a high school in Phoenix after he picked up his sons testimonial. He was accosted by the three suspect who assaulted him & robbed him of R130 in cash and a Nokia mobile phone.
The suspects threatened to kill the victim but opened fire on the Reaction Officers and fled when they were disturbed.
The injured man was transported privately to hospital.