On Saturday, 26 November 2022, a member of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) VIP Unit was driving along Van Wyk Street in Roodepoort, when he caught sight of three suspicious males trying to forcefully open a vehicle.
When the suspects noticed that he was watching, they got into a silver Nissan Almera and drove away. The officer followed the vehicle and called for backup.
When the occupants realized that they were being followed, they sped off and a high-speed chase ensued.
In their attempt to escape, the suspects’ vehicle collided with five other vehicles. They started firing shots toward the officer, and he returned fire.
The suspects’ vehicle crashed and came to a standstill. They alighted from the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
When backup arrived, the vehicle was searched. One signal-jamming device and car-breaking implements were found inside the suspects’ vehicle.
The vehicle was tested, and it was found to have been hijacked. The vehicle was seized and booked in at the SAPS pound.
The JMPD management applaud the officer who acted promptly when witnessing the crime and did not neglect his call of duty.
Further investigation will be conducted by the police to ensure that the suspects are found and brought to book.
Issued by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s Communications Unit
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) November 27, 2022