Heroic husband shot while fighting off wife’s hijackers

2014-07-02 00:00

A NEW Germany man was shot and seriously wounded while fighting off an armed gang of hijackers with his bare hands on Monday night.

Justin Mackley, who still has a gunman’s bullet lodged in his arm, remains in a serious condition in the eThekwini Heart Hospital.

Mackley had selflessly rushed to his wife Kristyl’s aid when she was stopped at the gate of their Cobbleset Road home by three armed men.

With audacious disregard for his own safety, Mackley launched himself at the three and in the fracas was wounded by a shot.

The men escaped with the couple’s bakkie and a range of valuables in the confusion.

Kristyl Mackley spoke of her husband’s dangerous feat.

“I don’t know why he did it at all, it was so dangerous,” she said.

“I know that he was just trying to defend me but he put himself in harm’s way, and now he is shot and the car is still gone,” she added.

Paramedic Mark Basson, who was first at the scene, said that Mackley had sustained a serious gunshot wound to his arm. “I am a member of the neighbourhood watch and one of our guys that was patrolling called me saying that a medic was needed. He sustained a bad gunshot wound from what looked like a small calibre handgun to his arm. I treated him until the ambulance arrived,” he said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that detectives were investigating charges of carjacking and attempted murder after the shooting that rocked the quiet suburb.

“The victim was driving into her residential property and was waiting for the gate to open when she was confronted by three unidentified suspects. She screamed for help and her husband came out of the house to assist her.

“The suspects shot the complainant’s husband in his arm before fleeing the scene in her vehicle. The complainant’s husband was taken to hospital for medical treatment. No arrests or recoveries have been made,” Naicker added.

Blue Security director Henk van Bemmelen advised residents to be especially vigilant when arriving and leaving home and work in the early morning and evening.

“These are prime times that hijackers and armed robbers tend to strike, so it’s advisable to always check for any suspicious individuals or vehicles parked near the property.

“If you do notice anything that makes you feel uneasy, rather take a drive around the block and if the suspicious individuals have not moved on, call your security company and the police,” Van Bemmelen said.

He advised residents to comply with the demands of attackers if faced with a hijacking situation as crime statistics had shown that fighting back increased the risk of being injured or killed.

— Witness Reporter.

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