Suspect arrested for possession of a hijacked vehicle following a high speed chase and shootout with JMPD

A 50-year-old male was arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department(JMPD) K9 Unit for attempted murder, kidnapping, possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition, and a hijacked motor vehicle in Meadowlands, Soweto. 

On Saturday 09 July 2022, whilst conducting crime prevention patrols officers received a lookout for a Toyota Quantum which was hijacked in Langlaagte and the driver was kidnapped during the hijacking. 

Officers spotted the hijacked vehicle travelling along Odendaal Street in Meadowlands. They attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspects sped off and a high speed chase ensued. 

Suspects started shooting at the officers as they continued to give chase. Whilst attempting to evade the police, the suspects crashed into other vehicles until they were cornered at Hlungwane Street. 

One suspect was shot by the officers but managed to flee with his bullet wound. The driver was arrested and he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with the serial number filed off and live ammunition. 

When searching the vehicle, the hijacked victim was found tied in the Quantum and was rescued by the officers. 

The arrested suspect was detained at Meadowlands SAPS on multiple charges. He is due to appear in court during the course of the week. The hijacked vehicle was seized and booked in at the Lenasia SAPS pound for verification. 

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