Yesterday evening at approximately 19h45 members of our Special Operations Team acted on information received by a vigilant Marshall Security Officer who noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the M27 in the Umdloti area.
The vehicle’s driver was identified as a suspect in a hijacking incident from September 26th this year, in Umdloti.
Our Special Operation Team immediately acted and proceeded to investigate. As our team members approached, the suspect became confrontational a scuffle ensued whereby then the suspect produced a firearm and fired shots towards our members. Our team members who, in self-defence, retaliated and returned fire and the suspect was fatally wounded.
One of our team members sustained minor injuries during the incident but refused further hospital treatment.
Durban North SAPS arrived shortly afterward, securing the crime scene. Netcare911 Paramedics were also dispatched and declared the suspect deceased.
Upon further investigations it was established that the firearm that the suspect had in his possession was reported stolen in August this year in the Tongaat area. The suspect has also been linked to multiple serious and violent crimes within the greater Durban area.
Well done to the bravery of our team members.