Benoni cops save hijacked woman, suspect killed in shootout

Bullet casings crime scene. Picture: SAPS

The squad was patrolling the R23 Pretoria road at about 20.10pm on Wednesday when they noticed a woman inside a vehicle that two men were pushing.

Quick thinking by the Benoni Flying Squad resulted in the rescue of a hijacked woman.

According to police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo, the squad was patrolling the R23 Pretoria road at about 20.10pm on Wednesday when they noticed a woman inside a vehicle that two men were pushing.

“Police became suspicious and approached the vehicle. The suspects started firing shots at police and they retaliated. The suspects stopped and ran into a field.

“One suspect was shot and a firearm was recovered. The suspect was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was certified dead on arrival. The other suspect fled.”

Masondo said a preliminary investigation indicated that the woman had been hijacked.

Gauteng police management commended the police officers for their swift response.

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