A suspected armed robber was fatally shot on Tuesday during a shootout with police following a daring robbery at the Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg

Gauteng police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said that the man was killed near Soweto.

“Earlier this afternoon police were alerted of a robbery at an electronics store at Cresta Mall in Randburg. It is reported that a group of men entered the store and stole several electronics/appliances. The robbers allegedly fired shots as they fled, resulting in one security guard being wounded and rushed to hospital,” said Peters.

“A lookout was activated for the robbers’ two vehicles and members from the Anti-Gang Unit spotted and cornered the suspects in a Nissan NP200 on the highway. A shootout ensued and one suspect was declared dead on the scene, one arrested and one managed to evade arrest and is still on the run with police hot on his heels.”

One firearm was recovered from their vehicle and police will be conducting ballistic testing to establish possible links to other crimes.

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“Police are still searching for a second vehicle, a white VW Polo hatchback which went in the direction of Pimville,” said Peters.

“Gauteng commissioner of police Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has applauded the vigilance of the members that led to the rapid response and swift apprehension of the suspects.”

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Author: ANA Newswire