It is believed the men had been involved in a business robbery in Verulam an hour before the shootout on Thursday, Northglen News reported.
The vehicle used by the suspects in the robbery was later spotted by a Metro Police unit on Blackburn Road, and a high-speed chase ensued, police said.
eThekwini Metro police spokesperson Eugene Msomi said the men then opened fire on the pursuing officers.
“We were able to stop the suspects on the N2, and no one was injured in the shootout. We arrested the six men, and three firearms were also recovered,” added Msomi.
It is believed an undisclosed amount of cash was also found in the suspects’ car.
In a separate incident, police shot dead an alleged hijacking suspect and arrested two others during a shootout in Umlazi Mangosuthu Highway, KwaZulu-Natal, last month.
The suspects allegedly approached a 39-year-old woman and her son and demanded the vehicle.
The victims, who were believed to be outside the vehicle at the time, became terrified and ran away, calling for help.
The suspects allegedly fled with the car.
Durban Flying Squad members were alerted to the situation and immediately made their way to the V section on the Mangosuthu Highway, where they tried to stop the suspects, police said.
The suspects opened fire and the police retaliated, fatally wounding a 22-year-old suspect, added police.
– Caxton News Service