Benoni Flying Squad members saved a woman from alleged hijacking on Wednesday evening…

According to Warrant Officer Grant Giblin from the Benoni Flying Squad, the woman had stopped at red traffic lights in Pretoria Road, Kempton Park at around 20:10. Police were patrolling the area and turned onto the R23 where they noticed a “commotion” in the white Volkswagen Polo at the traffic light.

“A suspect jumped into the front passenger side of the Polo while another ran around and opened the driver door, forcing the woman driver into the middle between them,” Officer Giblin told All4Women.

The Flying Squad team immediately recognised potential foul play, and the two officers stopped their vehicle and jumped out to intervene.

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The suspect on the driver’s side then jumped out of the Polo and fired at the officers. His alleged accomplice also exited the vehicle and opened fire on the officers.

“The officers retaliated and an exchange of gun fire ensued as the two suspects ran into the nearby field,” says Officer Giblin.

“In the meantime the lady from the Polo managed to escape and take cover in a ditch. As the gun fire continued one suspect fell in the field and the other fled into the darkness. When officers arrived at the fallen suspect, they noticed he was wounded and paramedics were contacted. A 9mm pistol with numbers filed off was recovered with the suspect. Paramedics transported the unidentified suspect to hospital but he was declared deceased on arrival.”

The officers and the victim of the attempted hijacking were unharmed in the incident, although the victim was extremely traumatised. A case has been opened, and investigations continue into tracing the suspect that escaped.

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