Three suspected hijackers died yesterday afternoon during the exchange of gunfire with an integrated police team led by Hawks whilst two were arrested.
An intelligence driven operation was conducted by the Hawks’ Tactical Operational Management Section assisted by Tracker Connect, Gauteng Crime Intelligence, SAPS Highway Patrol, GTP Saturation Unit, ICB Insurance Crime Bureau and Badboyz Security in Roodepoort, searching for hijacking suspects who are targeting VW Polo vehicles.
Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase says the team discovered that the suspects were in motion and intercepted them on the side of the road immediately after allegedly hijacking a Polo.
“As the members approached the suspects, the suspects greeted them with a hail of bullets which led to an exchange of gunfire that resulted in three suspects fatally wounded,” says Nkwalase.
Nkwalase says two suspects, aged between 25 and 30, were arrested and the injured owner of the Polo, who was held in the vehicle, was rescued.
“He was taken to hospital for medical attention. Three firearms with ammunition, cellphones and heavy duty gloves were recovered.”
Nkwalase says the suspects will be charged with murder, attempted murder, carjacking, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.
Preliminary investigation revealed suspects are also linked to more than 18 hijacking cases committed in the Gauteng areas.
“The syndicate members were reportedly using a Golf GTiduring the commission of crime whilst in previous occasions they have been using a Toyota Corolla.”