Police received information about wanted suspects who were driving along the N3 freeway near Camperdown on Thursday, 6 November, Highway Mail reported.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for acting on information that led to the recovery of unlicensed firearms and suspected stolen laptops as well as cell phones.
“The police will defend themselves if they are attacked while performing their duties.
The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province,” added Ngobeni.
A joint operation by Pietermaritzburg and Flying Squad was conducted and the suspicious-looking vehicle fitting the same description was spotted.
It is alleged the operation members tried to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to pull over.
A chase ensued and it is alleged that the occupants of the suspected vehicle started to shoot towards the members.
The members retaliated in self-defence and two suspects were fatally shot.
The other two suspects managed to flee the scene on foot.
The vehicle was later recovered.
It is suspected that the laptops and cell phones recovered were taken from a business robbery that was reported at Dundee area this month.
Ngobeni also encourage the community to continue to support the police in the fight against crime by providing valuable information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals.
In a separate incident, two suspected robbers were shot dead following a high speed chase and shoot-out with police last month in Westham, KwaZulu-Natal.
The robbers were believed to have attempted to flee on foot, and in an exchange of gunfire, two suspects were shot by police.
It was believed the suspects were involved in a house robbery in Viewhaven, after members of the police’s tactical response team received information of the crime and pursued the suspects.
– Caxton News Service