Accomplices arrested in shootout with security…

A high-speed chase and a gun-battle between Marshall Security officers and armed house robbery suspects left one suspect dead and two arrested after they crashed their stolen vehicle into a shack in Inanda in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Occupants of the shack, including a pregnant woman sustained injuries when the stolen vehicle crashed into their home. They were treated on scene by Crisis Medical paramedics and transported to a medical facility for further medical care.Spokesman for Marshall Security, Kyle Van Reenen, said, “At approximately 1am on Thursday morning, Marshall Security was alerted by a neighbour that a house robbery had occurred in Danville Avenue, Durban North.

“Armed reaction officers responded to the scene and further information ascertained indicated that four men armed with handguns, forced entry to
the home via a rear window, before confronting the family who was asleep at the time. The armed men bound the family members hands with cable ties and duct tape before confining them to a bedroom. The four suspects then proceeded to ransack the family home, stealing flatscreen televisions, laptop computers, jewellery and other undisclosed items and loading the goods into the homeowner’s Range Rover motor vehicle before fleeing in an unknown direction. Further information obtained revealed the vehicle to be fitted with a satellite tracking device and our Special Operations Team was activated to assist. A location signal was found repeating in the Inanda area and our team descended on the location, intercepting the vehicle on a dirt road,” said Van Reenen.

“In an attempt to evade arrest, the suspects fled and a high-speed chase ensued, with the suspects losing control of the Range Rover, smashing into a shack adjacent to the roadway. The armed men then alighted from the vehicle and began shooting at our officers who returned fire, fatally wounding one of the men, two others sustained gunshot wounds and were arrested on scene. Their accomplice fled on foot and remains at large. Our officers were not harmed.

“Three occupants of the shack, including a pregnant woman, suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate as a result of the suspects’ vehicle smashing into their home and were treated and stabilised on scene by Crisis Medical paramedics, before being taken to a nearby receiving medical facility for further care,” added Van Reenen.

He said that Marshall Security assisted by the South African Police Services, searched the nearby premises which revealed the property taken from the home in Danville Avenue. “The suspects were found to be in possession of two firearms and live ammunition. One of the firearms was later confirmed to have been stolen in a recent house robbery in Haig Road, Redhill.The suspects have been linked to a spate of house robberies which have rocked the greater Durban North area of late, including an attempted house robbery in Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive earlier on Wednesday night. This arrest comes as a result of a joint effort between Marshall Security and the Durban North South African Police Services. The scene was secured and handed over to the Inanda South African Police Services for further investigation and processing,” Van Reenen said.