On the morning of Thursday 24 September, police officers from the Ladysmith K9 Unit were alerted to a robbery at a business premises in Illing Street and proceeded to the area. On arrival, they saw three men leaving the premises on foot and a chase ensued. Police approached the suspects near the taxi rank and shots were fired. 

ONE SUSPECT PASSES ON FROM HIS INJURIES IN LADYSMITH SHOOTOUT 

Two men aged 21 and 25 were shot and injured. Police recovered a pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition and a toy gun. They were both taken to hospital for medical attention where a 25-year-old succumbed to his injuries. A 21-year-old is still in hospital under police guard.

“It is alleged that on 24 September 2020 at 9:30, three armed men entered a business premises and demanded cash. They opened the safe with cell phones and police arrived whilst they were still packing,” said Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

A case of attempted business robbery was opened at Ladysmith SAPS. The injured suspect will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court facing charges of attempted robbery, possession of firearm and ammunition, as well as, attempted murder.

THREE FIREARMS SEIZED, FOUR MEN IN CUSTODY

In a separate incident, an intelligence-driven operation conducted by police officers from the Durban Public Order Police (POP) and Provincial Taxi Task Team resulted in the arrest of four men and the recovery of three firearms as well as 53 rounds of ammunition on Saturday. 

Police conducted an operation in the King Cetshwayo District, searching for illegal firearms and wanted suspects. They proceeded to the Ntambanana policing area where three men aged between 32 and 43 were arrested. A 43-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder at his home at Emgxanyini Reserve after he fired shots at the police with his licensed firearm. He was apprehended and his firearm with 22 rounds of ammunition was seized. 

“Police proceeded to Buchanana where a 31-year-old man was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm. He was found with a pistol loaded with eight rounds of ammunition in his possession. Another man aged 32 was arrested for possession of 10 rounds of ammunition at his home in Ndondwane Reserve. At Macekane Reserve which is within the Empangeni policing area, a 46-year-old man was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was found with a pistol loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition,” said Mbele.

All four men are in custody awaiting their court appearance at the Ngwelezane Magistrates Court on 28 September 2020.

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Presh JM Reporter

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