A case of armed robbery has been opened following a shoot-out between three suspects and police.
Armed with handguns, the suspects took various items including cigarettes, electrical appliances and toiletries at a store in the Bell policing area in the Eastern Cape.
According to police, officials spotted and chased a vehicle which was travelling at a high speed that matched the description of the vehicle being sought.
“A shoot-out ensued between what police believed to be a return of fire and, at the end of the village, the vehicle left the road and drove into a bush.
“Members set off on foot, but the suspects managed to get away,” police said in a statement.
Three handguns were discovered under the back seat.
“A bag belonging to the suspects was found in the boot together with items believed to have been stolen in the robbery.
“A case of armed robbery has been opened for investigation,” the statement added.