Stanger hijacking leads to highway shootout

Police and security personnel alongside the highway where the hijackers were brought to a stop. Photo: Marshall Security.

Shortly after 6pm last night (Wednesday) a white Toyota Hi Ace was hijacked in Stanger.

According to Marshall Security’s Kyle van Reenen, the hijacking was carried out by three armed men.

An alert was sent out over various emergency networks and, with reports of the vehicle being seen traveling towards the N2 in a southerly direction, police and local security descended on various points along the national highway.

Big Show Towing reported a positive sighting of the vehicle passing through the Tongaat toll gate and authorities began pursuing the vehicle.

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Marshall Security’s special operations team pursued the vehicle at high speed on the national highway,” van Reenen said.

With a shoot-out ensuing between the hijackers and the police and private security companies, the vehicle was finally brought to a stop by SAPS in the vicinity of the Queen Nandi Drive off-ramp.

“Two hijackers fled on foot into nearby dense bushes.”

The driver of the vehicle was shot in the shoulder and arrested.

No one else was injured in the ordeal.

The wounded man was attended to by paramedics before being taken under police guard to a nearby hospital.

He was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The SAPS K9 dog unit were called in to assist with a comprehensive search of the area, however the remaining two hijackers managed to evade arrest.

 

 

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Allan Troskie
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