Police operations in the Malvern and Pinetown policing areas resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of two unlicensed firearms as well as stolen property. These recoveries are a result of the alertness of the Durban Flying Squad and Malvern police who continue to fight crime in the province and eradicate the proliferation of firearms.
Today at 11:30, Durban Flying Squad police officers were driving along the Old Main Road in Pinetown when they spotted three unknown males attempting to break into a vehicle. When they approached the suspects, they fled and a chase ensued. One of the suspects drew a firearm and pointed it at the police officers who shot him on the leg. A pistol with its serial number filed off and tyre rims were recovered from the suspects. All three suspects were arrested and taken into custody. The injured suspect was taken to hospital for medical attention under police guard. They will be charged for theft from motor vehicle, pointing of a firearm and possession of an unlicensed firearm. They will appear in the Pinetown Magistrates Court soon.
On 26 February 2019 at 12:00, Malvern police received a report of housebreaking in Bruce Road, Malvern. Police proceeded to the area and spotted two suspects fleeing from the premises with stolen property. Police gave chase and the suspects fired shots at the police. Police retaliated, fatally wounding one suspect and injuring the other. The deceased ran onto a steep slope into a ravine where his body was recovered by the SAPS Search and Rescue Unit. The injured suspect managed to escape. Police recovered property suspected to be stolen from the premises and an unlicensed firearm. Cases of housebreaking and theft, attempted murder and an inquest were opened at the Malvern police station for investigation.
Source: South African Police Service