Gauteng police rearrested three prisoners on Monday and shot one dead during an escape attempt at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. Five prisoners were appearing on different cases when they tried to escape.
“One of the suspects was fatally shot, two others seriously wounded, one is in police custody, and the fifth one is still at large. The four were apprehended before they could exit the court building,” police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said in a statement on Monday.
The circumstances surrounding the escape are still sketchy at this stage, however, the authorities are on the scene piecing together more information.
“This includes the verification and confirmation of the identities of the suspects. Details of the fifth suspect, who is at large, will be circulated pending confirmation,” Peters added.
Preliminary information, however, suggests the suspects were armed with knives as two police officers were stabbed.
One was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
*Article appeared on News 24