Warning: The video attached to this article is of the aftermath of the shootout that took place at the Johannesburg High Court on Monday. While the footage is short, it does contain very graphic content. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
The Johannesburg High Court was the scene of an intense standoff between law enforcement authorities and awaiting-trial prisoners during an escape bid on Monday.
Jhb High Court, prisoners trying to escape…🙆🏾🙆🏾🙆🏾🏃🏾♀
Please watch the news don’t ask me further questions… pic.twitter.com/PKQJJD7vVM
— Koena Moabelo (@Koena_za) December 9, 2019
Joburg High Court shootout: What’s the latest?
At this stage, it is not clear from which correctional service centre the prisoners were from, but the coordinated attempt proved that this was planned way in advance.
One police officer was stabbed as the five escapees brazenly made their attempt to flee the high court.
However, before they could even exit the building, law enforcement and security personnel surrounded all exits with their weapons drawn.
Details around the status of the prisoners is still sketchy. However, reports suggest that one prisoner was killed in a shootout with police, while three others were arrested.
The video footage attached below shows the bodies of two alleged suspects soaked in pools of blood inside the high court.
Cleaners at the JHB high Court are being forced to clean the crime scene from yesterday shooting. pic.twitter.com/f6AWfiadiS
— Dr Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) December 10, 2019
This tweet further corroborates the scene shown in the video
Well guys 3 criminals tried to escape at Jhb highcourt, as fate would have it two were fatally wounded and one survived. Fast forward there’s blood all over, our poor cleaners are told to clean it up, stuff is expected to enter the working place with blood all over the floor and
— Jeanette Nontsikelo Mahlangu (@JeanetteNontsi2) December 10, 2019
What’s the latest on the fifth suspect?
A fifth suspect, by some miracle, managed to free himself from the chaos and make it out of the JHB High Court. He is currently at large.
No information on his identity has been released by authorities, as yet.