Hawks: Midrand suspects believed to be blue light gang

Johannesburg - Two suspected robbers disguised as policemen were killed in a shoot-out in Midrand, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

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Three others, including a 35-year-old police constable, were arrested following a pursuit and shoot-out on Tuesday night, Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

"One of the Hawks' investigating officers narrowly escaped being shot in the face," he said.

Three of the suspects were dressed in police uniform, one in a police-issue bulletproof vest, and the other in civilian clothes. They were disguised as the province's K9 police unit.

"The gang is suspected of having been involved in several crimes disguised as police officers," Ramaloko said.

Blue light gang

"The men, who are believed to be the blue light gang, were accosted by the Hawks' team in Midrand. A chase ensued after the men were spotted driving in a cloned, marked police Chevrolet Cruze."

A shoot-out ensued and the chase ended in Midrand's Glen Austen area, along the Old Johannesburg Road and George Street.

The arrested constable was attached to the Olifantsfontein visible policing unit in Tembisa.

Four firearms were confiscated from the cloned police vehicle, including an R5 assault rifle, and two jamming devices.

The suspects were due to appear in the Midrand Magistrate's Court soon on charges of impersonating police officers, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, and possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.