30 Nov 2013 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 NOV (NAMPA) Two suspected armed robbers were injured in a shoot-out with Namibian Police officers on Saturday morning on the road between Windhoek and Okahandja.
The incident took place at around 06h00, a few kilometres away from the Windhoek-Okahandja police road block.
It is suspected that three now-arrested suspects first participated in the assault of Namibian farmer Helmut Goldbeck, who is now fighting for his life in the Windhoek Mediclinic.
Goldbeck, 66, was badly tortured at his farm Orumbo in the Omitara area last week.
The Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told Nampa on enquiry Saturday that the police Intelligence Unit was tipped off that three suspected armed robbers were on their way to Windhoek from Otjiwarongo, where they conducted an armed robbery last week.
He could not give more details on that incident.
Nghishidimba explained that on their way back to Windhoek, the police laid in waiting for them on the B1 road next to the Okapuka game lodge.
When the vehicle they were travelling in approached the operation scene, police cars immediately followed them. A shoot-out then ensued when they realised they were detected.
The suspected robbers made a u-turn before reaching the Windhoek-Okahandja road block and tried to speed off to Okahandja where they were coming from, he explained.
Nghishidimba said that as the shoot-out continued, the suspects stopped the car and tried to run off by feet, but two of them could not run as they were injured.
One suspect could not even come out from the car, while another tried to run but was arrested some 200 metres (m) from the car. The third suspect who was not injured, was also arrested some 600m away from the get-away car in the nearby bushes, he said.
No police officer was injured during the shoot-out.
The injured suspects were taken to a Windhoek hospital, and under police guard.