21 Jun 2018, Hillbrow, Gauteng: The Acting National Commissioner of Police, Lieutenant General Sindile Mfazi, has expressed his dismay at the killing of one of our own in blue in a shoot-out with armed cash-in-transit robbery suspects earlier today.
While forensic investigations at the crime scenes continue, we can report that so far, six (6) suspects have been arrested, two of whom were wounded in the shoot-out.
Today, at about 13h00 in Hillbrow, Gauteng, a number of unknown suspects attacked and fired shots at a parked cash-in-transit vehicle and fled the scene in vehicles with an undisclosed amount of money. As a result of the attack and the shooting, two security guards and two bystanders were wounded.
The Johannesburg Flying Squad, SAPS Hillbrow Cluster members and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department responded and pursued the getaway vehicles. The suspects started firing shots at the police and they responded.
During the shoot-out, a member of the South African Police Service was fatally wounded.
As investigations continue, police have so far recovered seven firearms, including rifles and pistols. Three motor vehicles have also been seized.
The Acting National Commissioner has commended the bravery of the police officers who responded to the scene and on the same note expressed his shock at the killing of a police officer. “Our members are fearless, they did not think twice before they confronted those brazen criminals.
One of our own laid down his life to ensure the safety and security of the inhabitants of this country. With the Police’s 72 Hour Reaction Plan activated, specialised dedicated teams are currently combing the scenes and have already made arrests and seized exhibits,” explained Lt Gen Mfazi.
Police Management will be visiting the family of our fallen hero, to convey our heartfelt condolences as well as to offer the necessary support in this time of mourning. “We wish the injured security officers and community members a speedy recovery,” said Lt Gen Mfazi.