WATCH: Police arrest hijackers after shootout in Joburg suburb
Residents of Alberton on Johannesburg’s East Rand were witness to a dramatic shootout between police and hijackers on Monday afternoon after a policewoman was hijacked and thrown from her SAPS vehicle by two men.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that the officer was hijacked on the N3 at around 2pm. The vehicle was then spotted in Alberton.
“A shootout ensued and the hijacker lost control of the vehicle on Second Street‚” Dlamini said.
ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said that a hijacker was shot in the head during the shootout.
“Upon arrival‚ paramedics found a man‚ believed to be a suspect‚ lying in the driver’s seat of a law enforcement response vehicle.
“Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a gunshot wound to his head‚ leaving him in a critical condition.
“He was treated for his injuries and provided with advanced life support. He was thereafter transported to nearby hospital for urgent care‚” said Meiring.
Meiring said that the woman police officer sustained moderate injuries during the hijacking and was transported to a nearby hospital.
Dlamini said that the scene was still active and that he would know more once police had completed their investigation of the scene.
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