NEWSFLASH: Shoot-out in Zwartkop restaurant

Officer Wonder Makgae Photo: supplied.

A reaction officer was shot and injured during an armed robbery at a restaurant in Centurion on Wednesday morning.

Three armed men assaulted the security officers of the Boshvelder restaurant before they gained entry around 02:00.

The restaurant is situated on Migmatite Street, Zwartkop.

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Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller said two security officers were beaten during the burglary and tied up.

“The security guards managed to trigger a panic button alerting MonitorNet security,” said Miller.

The firm responded in minutes and found the culprits still on the scene.

“A shoot-out between the reaction officer Officer Wonder Makgae and the culprits ensued.”

Miller said Makgae was shot in his right arm before the men fled with only a laptop.

“Forensics were sent to the scene and a manhunt has been launched,” said Miller.

MonitorNet general manager Paul Gerber said their firm responded to a panic button alarm.

“Our officer Makgae was there in two and a half minutes and found the suspects on the scene,” said Gerber.

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He said the reaction officer Makgae saw the two security officers badly assaulted and proceeded to the restaurant.

“The door had been broken open.”

The three men opened fire and MonitorNet retaliated.

Makgae was shot in the right arm and called for back-up.

The three men fled in a hatchback, according to the officers.

“Makgae is in hospital and was scheduled for surgery this afternoon,” said Gerber.

Gerber said their firm took it very seriously to react as quickly as possible to ensure minimal losses to their clients.

Miller said the police were investigating.

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