Two most wanted criminals Sakumzi (Saki) Mvoko and Yandisa Bila opened fire to police while they entered the Mthatha High Court, according to media reports.
During the shout-out one Correctional Services officer was injured.
In 2011, members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks) arrested Mvoko and Bila who had escaped from prison.
The escapees had committed a string of crimes including a post office robbery in Harding while on the run.
They were later arrested in Gauteng.
Bula was arrested in Orange Farm.
The Hawks arrested Mphumelelo Mafikwane in Cosmo City after he had escaped in Tarkastad in 2009, as well as Odwa Sithole.
An Audi suspected to have been used in the Harding robbery was seized.
Police then arrested Mvoko in the same province.
Three R5 rifles were recovered during Mvoko’s arrest.
In Roodepoort police arrested Yandisa Bila and convicted cash-in-transit robber Monde Mlala.
An R5 rifle, 10 full R5 magazines and a Volvo were seized.