UPDATE: Two suspected criminals, cop killed in shootout near Carnival City

Officials said that the deceased were part of a gang who opened fire on them earlier on Friday morning.

Nineteen suspects were apprehended following a shootout with police near Carnival Mall in Brakpan on 23 July 2021. Police said two other suspects and one SAPS member were also killed in the crossfire. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Two suspected criminals have been shot dead and a police officer has been killed in a shootout near Carnival City.

Earlier reports said an officer had been wounded, and it's now been revealed that one police flying squad member was killed during an exchange of gunfire.

Officials said that the deceased suspects were part of a gang that opened fire on them earlier on Friday morning.

Police have recovered nine vehicles, and four of them were either hijacked or stolen.

Police are combing the scene where 14 suspects have been arrested and three assault rifles have been recovered.

Acting Gauteng police commissioner, Tommy Mthombeni, said that several weapons were also seized.

"We have got three rifles which are R5s, four AK47s - which gives us a total of seven rifles - two pistols, two explosive charges, which are ready for use."

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