Church member killed two armed suspects during service in South Africa
London, July 27, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Two armed suspects were shot dead after they allegedly stormed into Querentia Ministry Church in Wierda Park, South Africa during a service and robbed congregants at gunpoint on Sunday.
It is reported that one of the congregants fired shots, fatally wounding two armed suspects who later died
According to South African Police Service (SAPS), a third suspect escaped and allegedly got into a getaway car that was parked outside the church.
The pastor of the church sustained minor injuries and was treated on site shortly after the shooting. No other injuries were reported.
“Police seized one firearm allegedly used by the suspects and this will be subjected to ballistic testing for possible linkage to other crimes,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters in a statement.
“A statement was obtained from the congregant who allegedly shot the suspects and this will be submitted for prosecutorial direction,” continued Peters.
Meanwhile, the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape has been placed on high alert in anticipation of “planned public violence action” in Cape Town on Monday, the provincial police commissioner’s office said.
“The SAPS in the Western Cape has noted with concern reports on social media from a grouping that threatens to shutdown on Monday, 27 July 2020, certain parts of Cape Town, including major freeways and access roads,” spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said in a statement on Sunday evening.
The reports, whether true or not, were a cause for concern, as they were likely to impact on the lives of ordinary citizens.
It was on this basis that the management of the SAPS in the province had undertaken to mobilise resources within the SAPS and other law enforcement agencies under the auspices of the Provincial Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (ProvJoints) to curb acts of lawlessness.
“In the same breath, sporadic incidents of public violence that have taken place in various parts of the Cape Town metropole remain a troubling aspect for law enforcement agencies,” Potelwa said.