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19 Oct 2016
12:32 pm

Update: Shootout between police and suspects on M1 North

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Motorists are urged to avoid the area and expect heavy delays due to ongoing crime scene investigations.

Emer-G-Med paramedics are on the scene of the shootout on the M1 highway. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

Three suspects were arrested following a shooting incident on the M1 North after the Grayston Drive offramp in Wynberg, Sandton on the morning of October 19.

Provincial police spokesperson Kay Makhubela stated that police intelligence was the driving force behind apprehending the suspects.

“The police were following information of the Mercedes Benz which was meant to rob in Sandton, and when they spotted the vehicle, already they [the suspects] had robbed one vehicle with the goods inside,” Makhubela told the Sandton Chronicle.

He said police gave chase to the vehicle and then the shooting took place on the highway. Three of the suspects were arrested while one suspect is still at large. “He is known to us at the moment and we will make sure that he is traced and arrested,” said Makhubela.

“There was a firearm recovered and also the vehicle which they [the suspects] were using was recovered.”

Emer-G-Med paramedics responded to the scene and spokesperson Max Cohen told The Citizen, “On-scene reports indicated that the suspects’ vehicle was spotted by police travelling on the highway after an armed robbery in Rivonia. The suspects opened fire, and a shootout ensued. A security officer sustained minor injuries to one of his hands during the commotion.

He was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.”

Makhubela stressed that intelligence and the involvement of the community were key in helping the police and urged the public to feed information to the police.

Caxton News Service

12pm, October 19, 2016:

Emer-G-Med paramedics responded to the scene of a shooting incident on the M1 North after the Grayston Drive offramp in Wynberg, Sandton, at 11.24am this morning.

Spokesperson for the emergency services Max Cohen said when paramedics arrived on the scene, they found a large presence of police and metro police.

“On-scene reports indicated that the suspects’ vehicle was spotted by police travelling on the highway after an armed robbery in Rivonia. The suspects opened fire, and a shootout ensued,” said Cohen.

He said that three suspects were arrested on the scene, while a further two were still at large.

“A security officer sustained minor injuries to one of his hands during the commotion. He was treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported,” said Cohen.

He warned that motorists could expect heavy delays in both directions of the M1 highway approaching the scene due to ongoing crime scene investigations.

Sandton Chronicle reported that provincial police spokesperson Kay Makhubela stated that police intelligence was the driving force behind apprehending these suspects.

“On-scene reports indicated that the suspects’ vehicle was spotted by police travelling on the highway after an armed robbery in Rivonia. The suspects opened fire and a shootout ensued,” said Makhubela.

Many people have taken to social media to comment and share photos on the incident:

12.10pm, October 19, 2016:

Three suspects have been arrested following a shootout between police and a group of armed suspected robbers on the M1 North between the Grayston and Marlboro offramps in Sandton.

This is according to Emer-G-Med spokesperson Max Cohen, who said no serious injuries had been reported.

“Motorists are urged to avoid the area and expect heavy delays due to ongoing crime scene investigations,” said Cohen.

More details to follow as information comes to light.

Caxton News Service