South Africa: Two Suspects Linked to Chicken Farm Shooting Arrested, One Fatally Shot

Swift arrest of suspects linked to the Chicken Farm fatal shooting.

Two suspects linked to the Chicken Farm fatal shooting were arrested in Soweto while the third suspect was fatally shot after he pointed a firearm at the police.

On 21 April 2022, the police followed up on information about suspects in possession of firearms in Dlamini and Chiawelo, Soweto. On arrival, the members surrounded the house and on entering, one of the members was pointed with a firearm by a suspect but acted swiftly and shot at the said suspect. Two more suspects were placed under arrest and two firearms and ammunition were seized by the police.

Preliminary investigation has linked the arrested suspects to the shooting incident that occurred on Monday in Chicken Farm informal settlement where six people were shot. Thirty-four-year old Kgomotso Diale passed away on the scene while five others were taken to hospital. Three of the victims have since been discharged while two remain in hospital.

The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the arrest of the suspects. “The extra forces that we have deployed here in Kliptown to enhance police visibility and maintain peace in the area have been working around the clock following up on any information received until they arrived at this house. Police officers are trained to act swiftly, especially when their lives are threatened. I am glad that none of the K9 Unit members were injured during the arrest,” said Lt Gen Mawela.

The firearms seized will be taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic tests to establish if they are not linked to other crimes.

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