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Man dies, official hurt in shootout at councillor’s office as two flee with stolen firearm

Police said during the shootout, one of the suspects was fatally wounded whilst one of the security officials was injured and taken to hospital. Picture: Twitter/Tebogo Sibisi

Police said during the shootout, one of the suspects was fatally wounded whilst one of the security officials was injured and taken to hospital. Picture: Twitter/Tebogo Sibisi

Published Nov 6, 2021

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DURBAN – A man was shot and killed while his two accomplices fled the councillor’s offices in C-section in KwaMashu, north of Durban on Friday.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said on Friday at 3.45pm, police officers from KwaMashu were called out to a shooting incident at the councillor’s offices.

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“According to witnesses, three unknown men arrived at the premises requesting assistance. They were informed to wait outside. It is alleged that there was an altercation between the suspects and the security officials guarding the premises,” Naicker said.

“The suspects are alleged to have pulled out firearms and opened fire at the security officials. During the shootout, one of the suspects was fatally wounded whilst one of the security officials was injured and taken to hospital.”

Naicker said the two remaining suspects fled the scene taking a firearm belonging to one of the security personnel.

He said KwaMashu police were investigating charges of attempted murder, armed robbery and an inquest.

Additional information from Independent Police Investigative Directorate spokesperson Grace Langa indicates that the three suspects were friends.

Langa said it was alleged that the deceased and his friends went to the community hall where there is an office for the councillor. They disarmed the security officer of his firearm at gunpoint and when the member from the Durban Metro Police intervened, the deceased fired a shot at him and he retaliated, killing the suspect.

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“The member from Durban Metro Police sustained a gunshot wound on his abdomen and he was transferred to hospital for medical treatment. The deceased’s friends ran away with the security officer’s firearm and they are still at large,” Langa said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said they had responded to the shooting.

Herbst said reports indicated that the man was shot while on the road.

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“Medics assessed the man and found that he showed no signs of life and was declared deceased on arrival,” Herbst said.

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