Cops nap gunmen after shoot-out

Five armed men were arrested on Thursday May 19, following exchanges of gunfire with members of the Western Cape Flying Squad and Cape Town K9 Unit, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi said the police received information from the provincial command centre about a hijacked vehicle in the area.

They conducted a patrol, and at about 10.45am they spotted the black BMW which had been hijacked in Milnerton earlier this month.

“As they cautiously approached the vehicle, it stopped, the doors flew open and five armed men jumped out, firing at the police members,” said Lieutenant Vukubi. “The members returned fire, and the suspects fled in different directions. However, swift action by the police resulted in the arrest of all five suspects, of which one was wounded.”

Three firearms, a .45 Special, a .38 Special and a 9mm short were recovered. Two more firearms, a 9mm pistol and an Uzi sub-machine gun, were recovered in a shopping bag on the roof of a nearby shack.

The five suspects, aged 26 to 35 from Khayelitsha and Kraaifontein, appeard in Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court on Monday May 23. They have been kept in custody and will appear for a bail hearing soon.