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Ipid probes suspect’s death in Diep River hijacking

The woman had allegedly been part of a group of four who hijacked a vehicle on Thursday morning.

Picture: www.ipid.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is investigating the death of a suspect allegedly involved in a hijacking in Diep River.

The woman had allegedly been part of a group of four who hijacked a vehicle on Thursday morning.

A car chase ensued once police were alerted, before eventually stopping in Ottery.

Ipid's Moses Dlamini says when police officers approached the vehicle, one of the suspects allegedly pointed a firearm at them.

“SAPS members fired several gunshots towards the vehicle as the suspects sped away. About 500m away from where the shooting occurred, the suspects fled the hijacked vehicle and fled on foot.”

One of the suspects, a woman, had been shot in the back and died on scene.

Dlamini says the suspect's next of kin was on the scene and briefed accordingly.

“An inquest docket has been registered and Ipid is investigating the shooting. SAPS will investigate the hijacking.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)