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Burglars, police exchange fire after east shopping centre break-in

One of the suspects produced a firearm and shot at the security officer.

Brooklyn police arrested two suspects for burglary at a business premises, following a shootout in the early hours of Saturday. The shootout involved the suspects and a security officer in Nieuw Muckleneuk, said Brooklyn police spokesperson Sergeant Webster Scheepers. The suspects broke into one of the shops at Brooklyn Mall around 05:45. “A security officer from ADT Fidelity was on duty and patrolling when he came across a silver-grey Honda Jazz that was parked at Fersen Street. He drove over to investigate and noticed one occupant inside the motor vehicle,” Scheepers said. ALSO READ: Eleven TMPD officers arrested for assault The security officer was allegedly pointed with a firearm by the driver when he drove past the vehicle. “Shortly after, he noticed two unknown men who jumped over the gate of the shopping mall and got into the Honda Jazz. “One of the suspects produced a firearm and shot at the security officer while they were making an escape,” Scheepers said. ALSO READ: Supercop remembered for his bravery He said the officer pursued the suspects’ motor vehicle. “They later stopped their vehicle and fled on foot before firing more shots at the security guard.” The security guard did not back off and retaliated, Scheepers said. Brooklyn police responded to the incident and managed to arrest two of the suspects. ALSO READ: House Cohen want to make this year’s festive season one to remember Two of the armed suspects managed to escape with an undisclosed amount of money and stolen items, he said. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound and is receiving medical attention. ALSO READ: Brooklyn police welcome the arrest of would-be car thieves The arrested suspects, aged 21 and 35, will appear in the Pretoria magistrate’s court soon on charges of business breaking and theft. One firearm was recovered on the scene. Brooklyn station commander, Brigadier Kushie Pietersen, praised the brave security officer for his involvement that led to the arrests. Do you have more information about the story? Please send us an email to editorial@rekord.co.za or phone us on 083 625 4114. For free breaking and community news, visit Rekord’s websites: Rekord East For more news and interesting articles, like Rekord on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram

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