Two suspects were arrested following an armed robbery at Fishers Jewellery Store in the Greenacres Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth.
The arrests were made yesterday afternoon when the suspects returned to the shopping centre.
Earlier on Thursday, a police officer partly foiled the robbery. It is alleged that seven suspects approached the store posing as part of a team of workers doing renovations to an adjacent store.
According to police some of them attempted to crash the windows of the jewellery store with heavy duty hammers whilst others went inside and held-up employees at gunpoint.
“An alert police officer on duty at the centre heard the commotion and immediately responded. As he approached the scene the suspects started firing shots at him,” police said in a statement.
The SAPS member returned fire and was hit by a bullet in the lower left leg. He however managed to continue firing and one of the suspects was shot in the leg. He is currently under police guard in a local hospital.
The remaining suspects fled in a silver Toyota Venture which was later recovered in Mangold Street, Newton Park. Police also recovered a bag with jewellery and a 9mm firearm.
It was later established that the getaway vehicle was stolen the day before in Sydenham, Port Elizabeth.
Several blood stains were also found in the vehicle which is a possible indication that more of the suspects have been shot by the police member. All hospitals have been put on alert with regard to this.