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Law Enforcement officer saved by the ‘belt’ in shootout with hijacking suspects<span><p>On Sunday, 24 March 2024, at approximately 19:20, Law Enforcement officers on patrol in Nyanga tried to pull over the driver of a bronze Toyota Avanza.</p><p>The driver initially refused to stop, but when he realised he wasn't able to get away, he stopped, and three occupants jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire on the officers' vehicle.</p><p>One of the officers was hit in the hip during the shootout, but it later emerged that the bullet lodged in his belt. Fortunately, he was only left with a bruise.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/wops%201.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:3165px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>After the suspects fled on foot, officers discovered that the two remaining occupants in the vehicle were persons who had been hijacked.</p><p>'This is but the latest example of the good work that our staff do on a daily basis, often at great risk to their personal safety. Not only have our Law Enforcement officers recovered at least nine firearms in the last two weeks, but they've also recovered four hijacked vehicles. In the latest incident, one of our officers sustained an injury when the suspected hijackers opened fire on staff members, and we wish him a speedy recovery. I also want to commend the officers for their situational awareness. Apart from the vehicle that they recovered, they also saved two hijacking victims from an uncertain fate,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The City appeals to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects, to please come forward. Information can be relayed anonymously, via the City's 24-hour tip-off line, on 0800 110077<strong>.</strong></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/wops%202.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1898px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>In general enforcement in the past week, the Law Enforcement Department arrested 254 suspects and issued 5 072 notices for various by-law transgressions.</p><p> </p><p>Officers also recovered four firearms and at least three hijacked vehicles, taking their tally for the past two weeks to nine firearms, two zip guns and four hijacked vehicles. </p><p> </p><p>Metro Police officers made 75 arrests, including six for drunk driving, and issued 1 470 fines for various traffic and by-law transgressions.</p><p> </p><p>The City's Traffic Service arrested 71 motorists in the past week – 57 for driving under the influence, five for reckless and negligent driving and nine others on various other charges.</p><p> </p><p>Officers also executed 1 426 warrants of arrest, impounded 142 vehicles and recorded 64 210 offences.</p><p> </p><p>In the past five weeks, the number of drunk driving arrests have been on an upward trend, from 24 in mid-February, to 43 last week, and now 57.</p><p> </p><p>The Public Emergency Communication Centre had a more quiet weekend, statistics-wise, recording 1 712 incidents - down from 1 938 last weekend. </p><p> </p><p>Call-takers logged 658 calls for medical assistance, 106 assault incidents, 34 domestic violence incidents and 37 road accidents.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-03-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0;L0|#0550cea01-5fec-45fb-8509-f49cfc36c0e0|Safety;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement10

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