National 22.8.2016 10:46 am

East Rand police robbed, shot at by three men

The burned out car of the suspects was found in Esselen Park after robbing police. PHOTO: Supplied.

The burned out car of the suspects was found in Esselen Park after robbing police. PHOTO: Supplied.

The robbers later burned the vehicle they were using in an open veld.

A case of attempted murder and armed robbery is being investigated after three men robbed and shot at police members in Esther Park, on the East Rand, on Saturday morning, Kempton Express reports.

It is alleged Sebenza police members were patrolling in the suburb at about 11.40am when they stopped a white Ford Focus with three occupants on Amatungulu Street.

Police noticed the car did not have a licence disc on the windscreen.

The crime scene in Esther Park

The crime scene in Esther Park

“When they inquired about the disc, the driver of the Ford got out and told them the licence was in the boot,” police spokesperson Sergeant Sharon Tsotsotso explained.

The driver of the car and one of the police officials went to the back of the car.

“A few moments later the other two occupants jumped out of the car, grabbed the policeman’s firearm and hit him on the head with it.  The armed man then shot at the police member.”

The officers managed to dodge the bullets and escaped from the scene, with one of them suffering only slight injuries to the head from being hit with his gun.

The crime scene in Esther Park..

The crime scene in Esther Park..

After also stealing the keys from the police vehicle the armed trio fled the scene in the Ford.

“It was later established the three attempted to hijack a BMW in Norkem Park. Failing, they drove to an open field in Esselen Park.”

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They set the Ford on fire and fled on foot. Community members tried to chase after them but the trio managed to evade them.

Back at the scene in Esther Park, two cellphones and driver’s licences were found on the scene.

The injured cop was transported to hospital for treatment.

– Caxton News Service.

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