A 33-year-old male suspect is receiving medical attention in hospital under police guard after being shot by a victim who was allegedly being robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday 26 April 2023 at about 09:15 in Makhado Crossing Mall parking bay under the Vhembe District.
It is reported that the victim parked his motor vehicle at the parking bay intending to deposit money at the Bank situated at the Mall. Unexpectedly, the suspect approached and pointed a firearm at the victim and demanded money in his possession.
The suspect managed to rob the victim an undisclosed amount of cash and subsequently went to his motor vehicle to search for more money.
While searching the motor vehicle, the victim managed to take out his licensed firearm and shot the suspect on the upper body at close range and an exchange of fire ensued.
During the shootout, one motor vehicle was shot and damaged on the rear windscreen and front window.
The victim was not shot at but the suspect sustained severe gunshots wounds and was apparently bleeding heavily before managing to flee the scene driving a white BMW motor vehicle.
An armed robbery case was opened at Makhado police station and investigations immediately commenced resulting to the team following up on information of the suspect at Bungeni Health Centre while he was seeking medical assistance and was placed under arrest.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers commended the Investigation Team for their alertness and commitment that enabled them to trace and subsequently apprehended the suspect
A 33-year-old suspect will appear before Louis Trichard Magistrate Court facing charges of armed robbery once he fully recovers from the hospital while currently under police guard.
Police investigations are continuing.