At approximately 5:00 on Sunday morning (3 October 2021) a group of at least five armed suspects entered a shop attached to a filling station along the N2 highway at the entrance to The Crags between Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma toll gates. They proceeded to rob the staff of cell phones and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police members promptly responded and a shootout ensued with suspects firing at police. One suspect was fatally wounded and another one sustained gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital.
Three other suspects were apprehended and are in police custody. A number of different calibre firearms were recovered as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
As part of the police response, a getaway vehicle was found abandoned in the forest where police are still searching for one more suspect following another shootout with traffic officials.
Various policing units, including members of the National Task Force, Eden Cluster Detectives, Crime intelligence, Eden Cluster Combating Team and crime scene experts, are still on scene.
This is a developing story. Further details will follow.