At approximately 07h40, the Marshall Security’s Emergency Dispatch Centre received alerts through numerous WhatsApp groups regarding a house robbery that was in progress on Firwood Road in the Avoca area.
In swift response, multiple Armed Response Officers were dispatched and reached the scene within minutes. Upon their arrival, an unknown amount of armed suspects were still present on the property and began firing shots towards our Armed Response Officer. In self-defence, the officer returned fire. During this exchange, our Reaction Officer lost control of his vehicle, causing it to roll down an embankment.
Due to our Armed Response Officer losing control of his vehicle amidst the gunfire, the vehicle unfortunately crashed, providing the suspects with an opportunity to flee. They managed to take various household items from the targeted house, and additionally, they fled in the homeowner’s vehicle.
The Greenwood Park SAPS arrived on scene and are actively investigating the case, which involves charges of house robbery and attempted murder. The area has been cordoned off and secured by members of our Special Operations Team, who provided backup upon their arrival. Multiple spent cartridge were discovered at the scene, further contributing to the ongoing investigation.
A big thank you goes out to all the other Security Companies and Medical Service Providers that responded to scene for assistance.
The Armed Response Officer’s condition is stable, and he is currently being transported to the hospital by Netcare911. On behalf of Marshall Security, we wish our Armed Response Officer a speedy recovery and we thank him for his bravery and timeous response.
Update: At approximately 09h40, Greenwood Park SAPS successfully located the stolen Mercedes Benz. Subsequently, the Corolla used by the suspects during the house robbery was recovered around 10h00 in the Inanda area, thanks to the combined efforts of the Marshall Special Ops Team and KwaMashu Trio Crimes Unit. This Corolla had been stolen during a Verulam house robbery earlier in the week.