A suspect was shot and killed and two accomplices were arrested, following a shootout with police in the Durban Central Business District, on Monday afternoon. According to provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, police officers from Durban Central were conducting crime prevention operations in the Central Business District to curb crime such as robberies, hijackings and thefts.

“Whilst on operation, they spotted four suspects robbing a woman at an ATM machine. The suspects jumped into a getaway vehicle and sped off as soon as they observed police officers approaching. The two police officers pursued the suspects and a shootout ensued between the suspects and police. During the confrontation, police managed to apprehend two suspects. A third suspect was fatally wounded during the shootout. Banks cards, a knife, an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, cash, cellphones as well as other items were seized from the suspects,” Zwane said

He said that the arrested suspects aged 32 and 36-years-old were charged with attempted murder, robbery, as well as illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon.

The Provincial Commissioner for Kwazulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula applauded the arrests by police. “Despite the resistance by these criminals, our police officers remained resilient and stood their ground. I am grateful that our police officers managed to escape unscathed during the confrontation,” said Jula.