Police kill two church robbers
By Jurina Nkwazi
27 September 2010
Two men have been shot dead when they tried to rob a church in Pinetown on Monday.
Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said police received a tip-off on Sunday that there was a robbery planned at the Roman Catholic church.
When the service was finished at 6pm the robbers followed the priest thinking he would have offertories worth R60 000 in his possession. The alleged robbers held the priest at gunpoint.
The men was approached by police and failed to co-operate. The suspects then fired shots at police and police fired back.
Mdunge said two of the suspects were seriously injured and a third suspect had dog bites on his hand and wrist from police dogs. The fourth suspect fled the scene, police are still looking for him. A 9mm pistol and a .3 revolver pistol was recovered.
An armed robbery case and an inquest docket for the two men who were killed by the police have been opened.