Cape Town - A high speed chase between cops and robbers in Cape Town came to a dead end when the robbers hit a brick wall.
A 33-year-old man died after he was allegedly shot by police and drove a stolen vehicle into a vibracrete wall.
His two accomplices, who allegedly fired shots at the police, were arrested after a dramatic car chase in Parkwood on Monday afternoon.
Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said the suspects were in possession of the stolen vehicle and the matter has been handed over to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).
Ipid spokesperson Robbie Raburabu said a policeman was also injured after the suspect drove into him.
“Police chased after a [stolen] vehicle and when it came to a robot the vehicle stopped,” said Raburabu.
“As the police got out of their cars, the driver reversed to avoid arrest.
“He hit a van and in the process also ran over a police officer who was injured.”
Raburabu said the suspects exchanged fire with police before crashing into a wall in Blackbird Avenue.
“It appears the [gunshots] came from the two occupants who were also inside the vehicle,” Raburabu said.
“As the driver tried to speed off, they drove into a wall and the driver died.
“His two accomplices were arrested.”
Raburabu could not confirm if the driver died as a result of a bullet wound or the impact of the crash.
The owner of the home the group crashed into said she was shocked when she looked outside her window and saw a strange car on her lawn.
The 72-year-old woman, who does not want to be identified, said she heard gunshots followed by a crash: “As I went to the window I wondered whose wall someone drove through now.
“But when I opened my curtain I said ‘Oh my God’... it was our wall.
“I was in so much shock so I just stayed in the living room.
“I didn’t even know if there was anyone in the car, I only found out afterwards. It looked like the car hit the small tree [in the yard].
“If it wasn’t for the tree that car would probably have ended up in my living room.”Daily Voice