A police officer aged 44 was killed on Sunday night in west of Durban during an ATM robbery which lead to a shootout that ended on Monday morning.
Eight other people died during the shooting, it is alleged that police officers were informed of a plot to bomb an ATM in the area and responded.
The shooting started immediately as police tried to get near to the area where they were informed of the incident.
According to Police spokesman, Brigadier Jay Naicker, the suspects tired to run away but were later found in the nearby bushes where another shootout with police took place.
Three suspects were seriously wounded during this exchange of gunfire.
Naicker said the shoot-out occurred at various spots, so far police have recovered two rifles, four handguns, five explosive devices, two detonators, a gas mask, a goggle, a pair of gloves and two cars.
“Our members confronted the suspects and they were met with gunfire during which a 44 year old Warrant Officer from the National Intervention Unit was tragically shot dead”. Said Naicker
The Acting Provincial Commissioner Major HenerL Bheki Langa, has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the fallen member.
“Our members put their lives on the line on a daily basis to ensure that the people of South Africa are and feel safe,” said the Acting Provincial Commissioner.
“We commend our members for standing their ground against an armed group who were prepared to kill law enforcement members and had the fire power to do so; while we deeply mourn the loss of the warrant officer, we can be glad that more of our members were not killed by these ruthless criminals,” added Major General Langa
The SAPS Provincial Organised Crime Unit is investigating the matter and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate has been informed of the events that unfolded, said Naicker.
Police are still searching for 3 suspects who escaped the shoot-out.