Acting national police commissioner Lieutenant General Sindile Mfazi said that the suspects had started shooting when they realised they had been cornered.
Three suspects were arrested at the scene; one sustained injuries during the shootout.
“The vehicle, two handguns with ammunition and other items were seized,” Mfazi said.
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Mfazi commended the “tenacity” with which the intelligence-driven operation was executed.
“The high-level team included the police’s Crime Intelligence, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations, the SAPS K9 Unit, the Alexandra Trio Task Team, Gauteng Traffic Saturation Unit as well as the Tracker Connect Investigation Department.”
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The suspects had been under surveillance since the hijacking of a vehicle in Alexandra in May.
Mfazi said combatting car hijackings was a top priority for the police.