Ben Kamma House Robbery Ends in Shootout
A complex resident’s night took a turn for the worse in the early hours of the morning when his rest on the couch was interrupted by armed suspects who had one goal in mind, to get in and out as quickly as possible with as many items as possible. Little did they know that they would soon be engaged in a live-round shootout with Atlas Security Armed Response Officers.
The resident, a non-Atlas client, heard a noise at the sliding door and went to investigate. When peering through the sliding door the suspect had a firearm pointing at him and instructed him to open the door, the resident followed the instructions. The four-armed suspects entered and tied the victim’s hands and feet together with a sheet, allowing them to follow through with their operation.
The suspects took a cell phone, jewellery, a music system and TV’s and loaded them into the victim’s vehicle. They also attempted to steal the safe but were unsuccessful. The criminals thought that they had done it, that they were in the clear, they fled in the victim’s vehicle with nothing but hopes and dreams of the value of their loot. The victim managed to untie himself and alert the neighbours of the required assistance.
The neighbour contacted the Atlas Security Control Room and Armed Response Officers were dispatched to the scene. The information of the vehicle was circulated to the rest of the shift on duty and all units were mobilised to scan the possible escape routes of the vehicle. It wasn’t long before the vehicle was spotted heading down Main Road, Walmer. Armed Response Officer, B89, tailed the vehicle and requested back up.
Once in Victoria Drive, the suspects went off the road and crashed into the fence of a nearby property, which is when they opened fire on Armed Response Officers, who returned fire. The shootout ended when the suspects fled into the Walmer Location, and disappeared. There were no reported injuries, and the 7 Atlas Security Armed Response units contained the scene before handing it over to the SAPS Flying Squad, along with the recovered vehicle and stolen items.
All the hours of intense training happens for these exact moments, when there is no time to think and one split second of hesitation could cost you your life. When bullets are flying, it is pure instinct that takes over, and that pure instinct makes it possible for our Officers to make the right decisions and to arrive home safely to their family after every shift.