Three arrested after shoot-out with police

Three people were arrested in Pretoria North on Tuesday, after a high-speed chase and shoot-out with police.

The arrests were a joint effort by the SAPS and Tshwane metro police.

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said officers received a call to be on the lookout for a VW Polo that had been stolen during a house robbery in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga.

Mahamba said the vehicle was spotted in Eesterust and a chase ensued.

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He said the perpetrators started shooting at the officers in Steve Biko Street then collided with another vehicle near Wonderboom.

Mahamba said five culprits got out of the vehicle and tried to escape.

The SAPS and metro police officers managed to arrest three of the alleged robbers.

Mahamba said two firearms were found in the men’s possession and stolen goods from the house robbery were recovered from the vehicle.

He said the men were charged with house robbery, and possession of stolen property and illegal firearms.

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Mahamba said the men were in custody and were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court soon.

In a separate operation on Tuesday, TMPD officers arrested 10 people for dealing in and possession of drugs in Pretoria North, the CBD and Marabastad.

The perpetrators were found in possession of heroin and dagga.

“The TMPD commends officers for their hard work and a job well done,” said Mahamba.

“The TMPD will continue to work hard in combating crime in the metro and will work with other community safety departments to keep citizens safe.”

All those arrested were expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s court soon.

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Three arrested after shoot-out with police. Photo: Tshwane metro

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