A 36-year-old Metro Police officer remains in a critical condition after he was shot and wounded in the head during a shootout along the Golden Highway, south of Johannesburg.
According to JMPD spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minaar, police had stopped a speeding Volvo with six occupants yesterday, Rising Sun Lenasia reported.
The occupants in the vehicle were armed.
“One of the officers ran back to the state vehicle and grabbed his firearm which was between the seats,” said Minaar.
The suspects drove off and the officers gave chase. Whilst being pursued by the officers a shootout ensued leaving one of the officer wounded.
ER24’s spokesperson Werner Vermaak said: “ER24 were called to the scene where they found a heavy presence of police and metro police on scene. They found the officer with an apparent gunshot wound to his head.”
“The officer was airlifted to the Milpark Hospital in Parktown by a police helicopter,” said Shuabe Ebrahim of Pulsate ambulance services.
Three suspects have been arrested and two fire arms were seized. Three other suspects are still at large.
In a separate incident, a member of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) was hospitalised after she was shot and injured during a car chase in Kensington, in February.
Cleveland police spokesperson, Constable Mpho Mashakane, said two officers were following a Toyota Fortuner that was hijacked at Eastgate Shopping Centre earlier in the day.
One of the suspects then opened fire on the police officers.
“At the corner of Highland and Protea streets, one suspect protruded through the window with a rifle and fired eleven shots, aiming at the tyres. One of the bullets hit an officer in the ankle,” said Const Mashakane.
Mashakane said the hijacked car was found abandoned the corner of Burger and Park streets.
– Caxton News Service