Two suspects that were being sought for shooting a Reaction Officer were arrested in a joint operation between members of Reaction Unit South Africa & the Verulam SAPS during the early parts of this morning (Friday).
On Wednesday night three suspects forced their way into a home in Parkgate – Verulam and robbed a couple of their cellphones and passports. They then loaded a TV into the victims imported 1.5 Nissan Bluebird and sped off.
The male victims brothers sought assistance from Reaction Officers who were attending to a separate home invasion on Wimbledon Grove. The vehicle details were circulated and the tracking device was activated.
Reaction Officers intercepted the vehicle at a service station on Todd Street in Verulam where one RUSA Member was seriously injured during an exchange of gun fire. The vehicle was recovered after the driver lost control and crashed into a lightpole. The robbers managed to evade arrest.
In an intelligence driven operation one of the suspects was arrested by Police at his home opposite Trenance Park last night (Thursday). The TV that was stolen during the home invasion was recovered at his home.
Reaction Officers and Police who were assigned to a newly formed Rapid Response Unit planned an operation during the early parts of the morning to apprehend the second suspect who was confirmed to be in possession of a firearm.
Officers proceeded to Katzkop Hill on the R102 where they parked their Response Vehicles and proceeded into Parkgate on foot. The Zimbabwean nationals residence was identified and surrounded. Officers entered the home and apprehend the suspect. A replica Glock firearm was recovered as well as ammunition for a 9mm pistol.
During an interview he confirmed that he and two accomplices planned the robbery. After driving off in the couples vehicle they stopped in Trenance Park where they dropped of the TV before proceeding to the service station on Todd Street where they were confronted by Reaction Officers.
The suspect was detained at the Verulam SAPS. RUSA Members and SAPS Officers then proceeded to an informal home in B Section, Parkgate where the third suspect lived however he could not be located. It was confirmed that he was in possession of a firearm that was used in the shooting. It was also confirmed that he was injured in the shoot out.
The Reaction Officer that was injured had undergone surgery to his left arm. He is expected to undergo further operations and a skin graft in the weeks ahead.