Durban cop takes on five robbers

2014-02-07 00:00

A DURBAN crime intelligence police officer has been praised for his heroic actions after he single-handedly took on five armed robbers.

One of the alleged robbers was later arrested at Durban’s King George Hospital.

Muhammed Moosa, owner of a BP service station in Kloof, said the police officer had spotted his staff and customers being robbed on Monday.

He said the five armed men had forced his staff into the back of the establishment and locked them there, after slapping the manager around and stealing their cellphones, wallets and money from the business.

“My manager had the keys to my car and they were preparing to use my car to make their getaway.

“These men had terrorised my staff. As they got into the car, a lone police officer who was driving by saw them and immediately blocked their way with his car … Then all hell broke loose.”

He said bullets were flying in all directions as the officer stood his ground when the criminals opened fire at him.

“He fired 10 bullets into my car as he was returning fire from the criminals. There are bullet holes in parts of the shop,” Moosa told The Witness yesterday.

“The officer took a huge chance. I must say he is brave. It is officers like him who can make a difference in our communities. I really admire him for what he did,” he said.

After the shoot-out, the robbers got away in the car with the officer in pursuit. They eventually abandoned it on the roadside and escaped.

Confident that one or more of the robbers were hit, the police later checked local hospitals and discovered the injured suspect.

“He was shot in the chest and is in a serious but stable condition”, said provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane.

“Zwane said both Moosa and the police officers’s car were riddled with bullet holes. The officer was not injured,” said Zwane.

Cases of business robbery and attempted murder are under investigation, Zwane added.

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