Sakhiseni Nxumalo
Senior journalist
1 minute read
28 Jun 2022
17:23

Suspected armed robber shot dead in police shoot-out in Pietermaritzburg

Sakhiseni Nxumalo

A suspected armed robber was shot dead following a shoot-out with police in the Signal Hill area towards Mpumuza, in Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday afternoon.

A suspected armed robber was shot dead following a shoot-out with police in the Signal Hill area towards Mpumuza, in Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday afternoon.

It is alleged that several robbers entered a shop on Victoria Road and stole cash boxes with an undisclosed amount of money.

They fled the scene and headed towards Signal Hill.

According to a source from a local security company, as the men were driving towards Mpumuza, they came across a police van and decided to shoot at it.

A shoot-out ensued and one of the suspected robbers was shot dead, while another was injured.

It is also alleged that the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit deployed canine officers to search for another suspected robber who was shot but still managed to flee into a nearby bush on foot.

Sources close to the investigation suspected that the alleged robbers might also be behind recent spate in business robberies in the Pietermaritzburg CBD.

•This is a developing story.