Hijacking drama – amputee arrested, another killed during shootout, high speed chase

One hijacker was killed, another injured and the third surrendered after a shootout with police.

Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, provincial police spokesperson, said that a 35 year-old man was hijacked in Hartelus between Laersdrift and Roossenekal after he gave three men a lift.

One of the hijackers, is an amputee who walks on crutches.

Lt Col Ngoepe said that the driver of the car was pointed with a firearm shortly before reaching his destination. He was thrown out of his vehicle. The hijackers fled in the direction of Groblersdal.


An unlicensed gun was found in the car.


Police officers from various stations as well as the help of the Tactical Response Team were called in. A high speed chase ensued. Shortly before entering Groblersdal, the hijackers started shooting at police officers who retaliated.

One of the hijackers were fatally shot and another seriously injured during the shootout. The third suspect, surrendered on the scene.

An unlicensed firearm was discovered inside the vehicle.  The uninjured suspect will appear in Groblersdal magistrate court soon.


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