8 November 2019

Manhunt launched following shootout at Amanzimtoti business robbery

Police arrested several armed robbers following a shootout at a business premises in Amanzimtoti this morning.

Blue Security Tactical Ambassador for Amanzimtoti, Eugene Engelbrecht, said police and security firms launched a manhunt after the suspects fled the scene of the robbery when armed response officers from ET security disturbed them on the premises. The incident occurred around 4 am.

“The gang arrived in three vehicles and had just broken into the business premises when they were interrupted by an armed response officer. When the suspects noticed him arrive at the scene they immediately opened fire in his direction. A shootout ensued between the suspects and the response officer, who returned fire,” Engelbrecht said.

“A Blue Security armed response officer and other private security officers arrived at the scene to provide back up. The suspects, who had already loaded high-value goods into their getaway vehicles, abandoned their loot and vehicles, turned and fled the scene on foot,” Engelbrecht said.

“Law enforcement officers from Metro Police, the Amanzimtoti SAPS, members of Blue Security and the Community Crime Prevention Organisation (CCPO) and other private security firms immediately launched a manhunt for the suspects in the greater Amanzimtoti area. Several suspects were arrested. “Police cordoned off the scene of the crime at the business premises.”

Engelbrecht commended the police and security firms for their swift response to the scene of the crime and their teamwork that led to the arrest. “We are committed to fighting crime in the Amanzimtoti area and to continue working very closely with the police and local residents to bring criminals to book. We hope this latest success sends a strong message to criminals that we have zero tolerance for crime in the neighbourhood,” he said.

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