Helpful officer injured

2011-04-05 00:00

A POLICE officer who agreed to help one of his colleagues move out of her house and leave her husband on Friday evening ended up in a critical condition after he was shot several times by the husband.

Police have confirmed that a Hibberdene officer, Constable Dylan Grainger, was part of a party of officers who accompanied a female colleague to her house in the Makhoso area.

It is alleged that, at around 8.20 pm, the woman officer asked for assistance from her colleagues as she wanted to take her child and belongings away from her house following a domestic dispute between herself and her husband.

It is believed that after some discussions the woman’s husband became aggressive and blocked her way while she was trying to leave the house, at which point Grainger and another police officer present, Constable Sibusiso Mbayi, stepped out of the vehicle that they were in and attempted to remove him.

The suspect then produced a firearm and fired several shots which struck Grainger in his upper body and arm. At this point, Mbayi began returning fire, but the suspect was able to flee the scene.

Grainger was rushed to Hibiscus Hospital in Port Shepstone where the bullets, which had done significant damage to his liver, were removed. It is reported that Grainger is currently in a critical but stable condition.

Later on Friday night, the suspect was himself taken to Port Shepstone Regional Hospital by a friend of his where he was treated for gunshot wounds to both legs.

Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid from the SAPF in Port Shepstone confirmed that the suspect was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

He is currently under police guard while in hospital.

“The case is currently under investigation and what exactly happened that night will form the subject of the investigation,” she said.

Wiid confirmed that Grainger was on duty the night of the shooting and that he and his partner [Mbayi] had been joined at the scene by another police van whose occupants were not involved in the shootout.

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