Police Apprehend two Illegal Miners after Fatal shooting

Kagiso Police arrested two Lesotho foreign nationals aged 21 and 25 on Friday 19 November at about 15:30 after one of them shot and killed a 49 year old victim.

The sector police members were patrolling at Rietvallei extension 3 when they spotted members of the community chasing after the suspects. One of the suspects was carrying a firearm.

The police also gave chase and managed to apprehend them before the community could catch them. The armed suspect was put under arrest after he was ordered to drop his firearm.

An angry crowd arrived at the scene as the police were trying to arrest the second suspect. They overpowered the two officers and started to assault the suspect, using assortment of dangerous weapons.

The first suspect managed to throw himself at the back of the police vehicle.

The police managed to disperse the crowd and later rescued the suspect. Twenty eight (28) rounds of ammunition were found in his possession whereas his accomplice’s recovered firearm was loaded with seven(7) rounds of ammunition.

Both suspects were taken to Kagiso SAPS, afterwhich the injured 25 year old suspect was rushed to the local hospital in a critical condition under Police guard. The 21 year old accomplice was detained as both suspects were charged with possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, as well as murder.

The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was declared dead on the scene by the paramedics.

The motive for the shooting is believed to be related to illegal mining deals. Police are investigating further and the recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic tests to find out whether it was previously used in the commission of other similar violent crimes.

The station commander of Kagiso Police Brigadier Themba Maduna was impressed by the members’ swift responce and bravery which has saved loss of more lives. He further condemned members of the community for undermining the law and taking law into their hands, completely disregarding the presence of the police.

The injured suspect died in hospital the following morning.

Kagiso Police are appealing to anyone who knows the perpetrators being the severe assault of the suspect to call Kagiso SAPS on 011 696 9000/9059/9065/9067/ or our Crime Stop line: 08600 10111. Alternatively the public can use our SMS line 32211 and remain anonymous.

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