The Bellville Vehicle Theft Investigation Unit and Provincial Operational Command Centre officers have detained a suspect at a mall in Belhar.
The officers followed up on the information about several suspects connected to hijackings and armed robberies in the area.
During the patrol in the mall, the officers saw two men approaching a woman to steal her handbag. After the police had intervened, the suspects started shooting at them.
One of the perpetrators was wounded in the shootout and later arrested. He is in hospital under police guard.
The second suspect fled the scene.
The detained is expected to appear in court soon.