BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that members of South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) slew a serial hijacker in a gun battle and arrested seven other suspects.
As gathered, the Tactical Operations Management Section (TOMS) of the DPCI received information about a hijacked BMW.
Using the tracker, Hawks members followed the vehicle and found it parked at a house in Kriel.
In a media statement, Hawks narrated that their members were greeted with a hail of bullets before they could enter the compound.
“A shoot-out ensured. With Special Task Force, Organised Crime, National Investigative Unit, Gauteng Flying Squad, the local police coming as backup, the suspects were overpowered.
One suspect was fatally wounded, two critically wounded and six slightly injured when they exchanged fire with the police. (Also,) one Hawks member was shot on the shoulder and is currently at the hospital in a stable condition,” divulged the media statement.
The crime fighters proceeded to search the house. With that, they “confiscated SANDF bullet proofs, commercial explosives, one R5 rifle, one R1 rifle, two R4 rifles, one AK 47s, one 9mm pistol, one LM rifle, three stolen BMWs, one stolen Isuzu bakkie and one Chrysler Voyager.”
As learnt, the suspects are aged between 23 and 38 years.
They will appear before the Kriel Magistrate’s Court Today for charges of attempted murder, car hijacking and possession of unlicensed firearms.
Meanwhile, more than 400 suspects were apprehended by the Khayelitsha cluster police. This follows various crime-fighting operations conducted by the police stations in the cluster.
The charges against those arrested ranged from murder to rape, house robbery, robbery aggravated, assault GBH, housebreaking and theft.
Some were equally arrested for the possession of stolen motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol.