JOHANNESBURG – Three suspects were killed and one police officer was wounded during a shootout with police in Loskop, KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening.
KZN police said members of National Intervention Unit and Tactical Response Team deployed as part of a crime stabilisation operation, followed up on information at a house in Ngonyameni area, Loskop.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said: “On entering the house, police officers were attacked by a group of armed suspects who opened fire on them.Police retaliated and three suspects were fatally wounded during the shootout whilst another three were arrested at the scene.”
Gwala added that the police officer was shot on both legs and was taken to hospital.
“Four unlicensed firearms, ammunitions and bullet proof vests were recovered from the suspects. One of the deceased suspects was wanted for an attempted murder case committed in Loskop this month. Last week Tuesday police arrested four suspects in possession of four unlicensed firearms which include rifles, pistols and ammunition, at the same house,” she said.
Charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition were opened for investigation.
The arrested suspects will appear in the Estcourt Magistrates Court soon.