Cop dies in shootout on N4 highway in Pretoria

The Hawks says the officer died following a shootout between officers and a group of gunmen.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed a policeman has died following a shootout between officers and a group of gunmen on the N4 Highway in Pretoria.

A gang of five suspects opened fire on the officers who had stopped their vehicle in Silverton this morning.

Four suspects were shot - two died on the scene and one died on arrival at the hospital.

One suspect who tried to escape has been apprehended and is in police custody; and one suspect remains in hospital.

Three unlicensed firearms, seven cellphones have been confiscated.