Armed response officer recognises wife after coma

2014-10-06 00:00

ARMED response guard Dino Moodley — critically wounded after a gun fight with housebreakers in Umhlanga — woke from a coma and recognised his wife yesterday.

The touching moment after nearly two days in a chemically induced state of unconsciousness provided a glimmer of hope for his family, who held vigil at his bedside.

His brush with death started on Friday night, when he raced to an electronic alarm at a plush home in Milkwood Drive.

As he neared the house, he saw men running from gates carrying valuables and the mangled remains of a DVR device, which recorded CCTV footage from cameras placed around the house.

Before he could react, the robbers and their accomplices near the house opened fire on him.

Enforce managing director Anthony Feuilherade said that he had attended the scene, and indications were that Moodley had driven into an ambush.

“What we understand is that our man had arrived at the scene and seen suspects running out of the house with valuables as well the debris of a DVR machine. When they saw him arrive they dropped everything and the shooting started,” he said.

Feuilherade said that a firefight ensued, with Moodley loosing off 15 rounds of ammunition.

“They [the suspects] shot 25 rounds of ammunition so we think there were multiple firearms involved. It looks like they were shooting at Moodley from several directions.

“The problem with this case is that there were no witnesses, so we are trying to piece together exactly what happened using the evidence at the scene. The home owners were overseas, but their nephew is an IT technician and hopefully he will be able to recover some footage that will help us identify the gunmen,” Feuilherade added.

He said that Moodley had been shot three times in the fray.

Severely wounded, Moodley was clinically dead, but determined paramedics who had rushed to his aid managed to get his heart beating again.

“Netcare911 paramedics did what they could and managed to revive him, because he actually died at the scene. He is now in ICU and is responding to treatment. He woke up this morning and recognised his wife, which is an excellent sign, but he was sedated again so he doesn’t get too distressed,” he said.

Feuilherade said that their best investigators were on the case.

“Our team will work with police — we have an idea who is responsible, but they will be throwing everything at this case.”

Moodley’s wife said that she was too traumatised to speak to the media yesterday.

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