A Ford Laser was hijacked by two armed men in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, setting off a series of events that ended with one of the perpetrators being shot dead on the doorstep of a funeral undertaker, reports the Witbank News.
The vehicle was hijacked on the morning of August 2.
The suspects quickly attempted to get of eMalahleni with the stolen car, but Cyber Security officers doggedly pursued them. They were unaware a tracker had been installed in the vehicle.
The criminals fired off a few rounds at their pursuers, who nevertheless stayed on their tail.
The hijackers then turned the stolen vehicle off the main road at the Bronkhorstspruit-Groblersdal exit and careened into Rooth Street before attempting to escape into Kruger Street.
They directed the stolen vehicle into an open field and jumped out of the still-moving vehicle.
The vehicle ploughed through the cement wall of an apartment building before coming to a stop.
They tried to disappear into the Bronkhorstspruit Forum office building complex, making the mistake of choosing an office block that houses both the Streeknuus and the detective offices of Bronkhorstspruit’s police force.
One of the suspects was fatally wounded in a subsequent shooting outside the local Avbob branch.
Lt Col Johan Swart was on the scene almost immediately and secured the bloody scene.