Pretoria- 04 March 2016- Last night members of the SAPS National Investigation Unit were following up information in Isando regarding gunmen that are suspected of following people from OR Tambo International Airport and robbing them.
While driving on Barbara Road the team spotted a BMW sedan fitting the description from the information they received. The driver of the vehicle ignored warnings to stop instead the occupants allegedly opened fire on the police resulting in a shootout and a high speed chase.
During the chase the suspects drove counter flow through the streets while they continued shooting at police. One suspect jumped out of the moving vehicle and escaped.
Shortly after the suspect vehicle came to a standstill and the driver also escaped. Two suspects were found in the vehicle and both sustained gunshot wounds, one of which was declared dead while the other was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
The team recovered three firearms at the scene and the vehicle the suspects were using is reportedly a hijacked vehicle.
The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic testing to establish if they were used in other crimes.