In the early hours of today at 00:00, police were conducting an operation in Chesterville in the Cato Manor policing precinct when they spotted four unknown males. Police approached them in Nkomo Road in order to conduct a search. Suspects fled and started shooting at the police and police returned fire.

One police officer, 35, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to hospital for medical attention. The suspect was fatally wounded, one was arrested and others managed to evade the arrest. Police recovered a pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition. The arrested suspect will be charged for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm as well as ammunition. He will appear in the Durban Magistrates’ Court soon. The recovered firearm will be subjected for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in other crimes.

Source: South African Police Service

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