Wanted suspect killed during shootout

A man, who was wanted for a number of crimes including robberies and house break-ins, was shot dead during a shootout with police in Inanda, recently.

The suspect, who was identified as Sandile Buthelezi (24), was commonly known as ‘Msenti’ and often committed crimes in KwaMashu, Ntuzuma and Durban. On the day of the incident, police were conducting their routine crime prevention duties when they received information regarding the wanted man.

According to police reports, the officers spotted Buthelezi in Ntuzuma and approached him. The suspect allegedly fired shots towards the cops, who retaliated by returning fire. During this, the suspect was injured. He managed to flee the scene and officers immediately called for back-up while still chasing after him.

Lt Col Thulani Zwane of the SAPS said more police officers arrived and the suspect was cornered. “He allegedly continued shooting towards officers, who fired back. He was shot and killed. The suspect was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with three live rounds. Ntuzuma SAPS has opened a case of attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” he added.

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Elaine Naidoo
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