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Residents shocked after dramatic shootout

Three suspects were critically wounded in Friday morning’s shootout in Highlands North.

Weapons found at the scene of an attempted robbery and shootout in Highlands North in Johannesburg on 26 April 2013. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The community of Highlands North is still reeling after a dramatic shootout between police, a resident and three alleged robbers.

On Friday morning, the suspects allegedly broke into a home in the northern Johannesburg suburb and held up a family before stealing cellphones and watches.

But the men were interrupted by local security.

When they tried to run, a gun battle with police and security guards broke out.

Security guards managed to corner the trio, forcing them to flee into the neighbour's yard.

Neighbour Nikki Rehbock saw one of the armed men through her kitchen window.

"I heard a lot of explosions and I thought they were fire crackers because they weren't as I imagined a gun would sound."

The men then jumped another wall and a neighbour managed to use his own gun to fire at the men who had invaded his property.

The only casualty in this part of the shootout was his German shepherd, who survived the bullet.

The men then ran into police officers and security guards who were gathering outside Salamon's yard.

All three were critically wounded in the gun battle.