Cape Town man killed during shootout with police

A suspect has been killed in a shootout with Cape Town police.

Western Cape police shot and killed a man after responding to a shooting in Cape Town on Saturday.

The officers were deployed to a shooting incident on the corner of Borcherds Quarry and Klipfontein roads in which a man was injured, said police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

While on the scene, the police officers came under fire.

“As they were assisting the injured victim, shots were fired from the shacks nearby. The police members went in the direction of the shots and came under fire from unknown suspects. The police fired back,” Potelwa said.

During the shootout, a 41-year-old man was shot. He was later certified dead on the scene.

A 31-year-old suspect was arrested following the shootout.

“Two unlicensed firearms with ammunition were seized,” Potelwa said.

A second person was arrested after the shooting for threatening police officers with a toy gun.

“While on the scene, police questioned another man wearing a bloodstained shirt. He pointed… a firearm [at the police] and later ran into a nearby shack. The 35-year-old was arrested. It was later discovered the firearm was a toy gun. He faces charges of pointing… a firearm [at the police],” she added.

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