At least one person has been shot dead following a dramatic exchange of gunfire on the M1 in Johannesburg. A suspected group of cash-in-transit robbers were chased down by police, concluding with a ‘Wild West-style’ shootout. The aftermath, captured on camera by several different motorists, has resulted in severe traffic delays near Woodmead.
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The carnage on the roads is best reflected by the gridlock on the M1. One of Johannesburg’s main routes has been completely closed off, with some motorists stuck in the same place for the best part of the last hour. As per the latest traffic update, the stand-off between these criminals and law enforcement officers has brought things to a standstill.
- – The fatal shooting took place before the Buccleuch Interchange.
- – Heavy queues heading onto the M1 from Sandton have been logged.
- – The M1 North at Woodmead HAS BEEN CLOSED from Malboro Drive
- – Motorists are reporting that traffic it’s taking between 45 – 60 minutes to move ONE KILOMETRE on this road.
- – Traffic is backed up all the way to Corlette Drive.
WATCH: CHAOS IN WOODMEAD AFTER COPS SHOOT AT ROBBERS
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WOODMEAD M1 CARNAGE: WHAT ACTUALLY WENT DOWN?
The man who is understood to have died at the scene was one of five suspects apprehended on Wednesday afternoon. Four of his accomplices have been cuffed, and although they pulled off an armed robbery, they couldn’t escape the long reach of the law – and the surviving crooks will now face the full might of South Africa’s judiciary system.
Shooting Incident on the M1 north Woodhead before Buccleuch, 4 Suspects arrested and 1 fatally wounded after committing an armed robbery.
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