Following the murder of a 40-year-old male victim yesterday morning at about 10:30 in Howick Court, Hanover Park, police enhanced visibility by means of an integrated approach which included other law enforcement agencies. All leads were followed up.
Late yesterday afternoon at about 17:15 while busy searching a house in Galway Court, Hanover Park, police came under attack when shots were fired by a man who had jumped off a white LDV which then drove off. Several shots were fired at police who in turn gave chase. Nobody was injured during the incident. The suspect fled on foot while firing shots at police. The police members apprehended the 26-year-old suspect at a house in Lansur Road, Hanover Park, where he attempted to hide.
Members confiscated a 9mm Vector pistol, a magazine and live ammunition. The serial number of the 9mm Vector pistol was filed off. The 26-year-old suspect was arrested for the possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition. He is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrates' Court soon on a charges relating to the Firearms and Ammunition Act.
The investigation continues and ballistics tests will be done to determine whether the gun could be linked with the murder which occurred earlier yesterday.
The Acting Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Desmond Laing, condemned the attack on police and urged the public to come forward with information on crime being committed in the broader Philippi area. Police will continue working around the clock to apprehend the perpetrators of crime and bring them to book. The Philippi police will maintain a zero tolerance approach towards criminals.
Anyone with information on crime can call the police at 021 695 1500 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.
Source: South African Police Service