Killer escapes from scene after double attack

2011-06-20 00:00

AN off-duty policeman had to fire a shot at a man who was stabbing another man in Pelham and turned on the policeman when he tried to intervene.

A 54-year-old Pietermaritzburg man died in the incident on Wednesday evening in John Barker Avenue in Pelham. An off-duty policeman who heard the commotion, tried to intervene, but the suspect got away.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the man left a pub premises and while walking along John Barker Avenue was confronted by the suspect. They argued and the suspect stabbed the deceased a number of times.

An off-duty policeman living in the area, who heard the commotion, went to investigate. He came upon the dead man’s attacker still attacking him.

“The police officer immediately shouted for the suspect to stop,” said Jeevan.

Not only did the knife-wielding attacker refuse to stop, he also tried to attack the policeman as well, who was then forced to retaliate by firing at the attacker. According to Jeevan, the assailant managed to get away and no arrests have been made at this stage, but police are investigating.

Jeevan said the motive is still unknown. The man has not been identified but The Witness understands that a friend has contacted police to identify the body today.

“We are making an appeal to anyone with information that can assist with their investigation to contact Detective Captain Pieter van Zanten from SAPS Alexandra Road Detective Services on his office number at 033 845 7722 or on his cell at 079 500 8474,” added Jeevan.

People wishing to remain anonymous can contact crime stop toll free 08600 10111.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.