Six suspects killed in gun battle with KZN police

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Six suspects were shot and fatally wounded and five firearms were recovered during two separate shootouts with KwaZulu-Natal police on Thursday.

KZN police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, said four men, who were suspected to be behind a string of cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies in the province, were shot and fatally wounded in a shootout with police at Camperdown, in the Umgungundlovu District Municipality, in the early hours of Thursday.

“A team comprising police officers from various units, including the Hawks, gathered intelligence regarding the whereabouts of the suspects and when police announced their arrival at the identified house, they were greeted with a hail of bullets from the suspects.

“The police officers returned fire and during the shootout, four suspects sustained fatal gunshot wounds. Three firearms were found in the possession of the suspects,” Naicker said.

In another incident, police officers, who are members of the National Intervention Unit, operationalised intelligence cornered two suspects who were sought for intimidation, extortion, and other violent crimes.

Naicker said when police pounced on the suspects at their hideout at the Klaarwater Hostel in Mariannhill, the suspects opened fire at the police officers.

Two suspects were shot and fatally wounded in the shootout, and two firearms were found in the possession of the suspects.

Naicker warned that police in KwaZulu-Natal remain committed to enforcing and upholding the law by preventing, combatting, and investigating crime. 

“Suspects who challenge the authority of the state by shooting at police officers will be met with the force proportional to their actions,” Naicker said. –