UPDATE: Prison escapee dead after JHB High Court shooting

Police are on the scene gathering evidence following the shooting, which took place after a group of prisoners attempted to escape.

The High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One prisoner was shot dead at the Johannesburg High Court and two others were wounded after they managed to escape from custody on Monday.

The police’s Mathapelo Peters said two officers were stabbed while trying to rearrest them.

“One of the suspects was fatally shot. Two others were seriously wounded. One is in police custody and one is at large. Four others were apprehended before they could leave the building.”

One prisoner managed to escape and is on the run.

Police on Monday confirmed several people were wounded following the shooting. It’s understood a scuffle broke out between police and a group of prisoners. Police are on the scene gathering evidence following the shooting.