Four wanted suspects were shot and killed and two others arrested during a shootout with Marshall Security and the SAPS Phoenix Trio Crimes Unit last night. The armed gang has been linked to various business robberies, armed robberies and hijackings in the Durban North, Greenwood Park and Verulam areas.
At approximately 19h00 yesterday members of our Special Operations Team spotted a wanted vehicle, a silver Toyota Yaris, that is known to have been involved in several business robberies, armed robberies and hijackings traveling on Queen Nandi Drive. As the suspects noticed our Special Operations Team members following them, they immediately sped off and opened fire on our members, who then returned fire.
Our members together with the SAPS Phoenix Trio Crimes Unit pursued the suspects into Kwamashu B section, where the driver of the Yaris lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a taxi, whereafter a shootout ensued. Four suspects were shot and killed, and two suspects were arrested on scene.
Upon searching the vehicle two unlicensed firearms, both of which had the serial numbers removed, as well as a toy gun was found, along with multiple cellphones and additional numberplates that had been used in the commissions of other crimes.
The SAPS attended the scene and will be investigating cases of attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, as well as being in possession of a hijacked motor vehicle.