Mon, 27 Sep 2021

  • A child has died after being knocked over by a vehicle in Hillbrow.
  • The vehicle was being driven by a suspect who was fleeing from police.
  • Four firearms, including an AK-47, were found in the vehicle after the suspect crashed and was arrested.

A four-year-old child has died after being knocked over by a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old suspect who was trying to evade police in Hillbrow on Tuesday.

According to police, the man, who was driving a Volvo, refused to stop at police request and sped away, resulting in a high-speed chase.

The suspect eventually lost control and collided with a combi, but not before he knocked over three people, including two children and a woman, police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said.

"During the chase, three people were knocked by the suspect's car. One child died at the scene, while the other child and mother were taken to hospital for medical treatment," he said.

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After crashing, the man attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested.

"Upon searching the vehicle, police found four unlicenced firearms, including one AK-47 and ammunition. It was also established that the vehicle was hijacked in Ekurhuleni this month," Makhubele said.

The firearms have been sent for ballistic testing to find out whether they were used to commit other serious and violent crimes in the province.

Police are also checking whether the man can be linked to other crimes within Gauteng.

Acting Gauteng police commissioner Major General Tommy Mthombeni said: "These arrests and confiscations are a clear indication that the criminals cannot do as they wish in our province. We will continue to squeeze the space for the criminals."

"As the province, we remain committed in creating a safer Gauteng, and we will continue to curb the proliferation of illegal firearms."

The man is expected to appear in Johannesburg Magistrate's Court soon.

Source: News24

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