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Putfontein shootout leaves four dead, two cops injured

JOHANNESBURG, May 26 – Four men were shot dead Friday morning and two others injured in a bloody shootout on the N12, near the Putfontein turnoff in Benoni.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said when paramedics arrived, along with other services, they found two motionless men inside one of the two cars that were on the side of the road.

“Unfortunately, both men had already succumbed to their gunshot wounds. Nothing could be done for the men and they were declared dead,” said Meiring.

Two other men with gunshot wounds were found in the veld a short distance away. “These men had also sustained fatal gunshot wounds and were later declared dead,” said Meiring.

Two police officers sustained “minor to moderate” injuries in the shootout. They were treated on the scene and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital.

Details leading up to the shooting remained sketchy.

The South African Police Service, which is investigating the matter, was not immediately available for comment.


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