Man charges intruders with only a paintball gun

2014-11-26 00:00

IN an heroic act to protect his family, a 65-year-old Chase Valley man was shot in the hip by intruders yesterday ­morning.

Mike Barthorpe of Silverdale Crescent was disturbed in the early hours of the morning when his live-in domestic worker alerted him to activity in the garden.

“Our domestic worker lives on the property, and she heard something in the garden and then contacted us,” said ­Barthorpe’s daughter, Tamyln Toth.

“My husband and dad went to investigate,” said Toth.

According to Toth, her husband got out his paintball gun and with the family’s two dogs, they charged the surprised intruders.

“They started running and shooting. I don’t know whether they intended to shoot the dogs or people. I don’t think they cared,” said Toth.

Barthorpe was shot in the hip in the commotion and ran to the safety of his home.

Toth said the intruders then jumped the fence and ran off into the night.

ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring said his team attended the scene to find the injured man lying in the entrance way of the house.

“Our paramedics started advanced life support treatment and stabilised him on scene,” said Meiring.

Barthorpe was taken to MediClinic in Pietermaritzburg for further treatment.

According to Meiring, shots to the lower abdomen are usually quite serious, and Barthorpe’s injuries would have ranged between moderate and critical.

According to Toth, Barthorpe’s injury was not too serious and she was ­expecting Barthorpe to be discharged from MediClinic yesterday afternoon.

Toth said her father was very fit for his age and not surprised that he ran out to investigate the strange noises coming from their garden.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay ­Naicker confirmed Barthorpe had been shot in the hip in a house robbery by two unknown men.

According to the police, four shots had been fired by the two unknown men as Town Hill SAPS found four cartridges in the Barthorpe’s garden.

“No arrests have been made. Townhill SAPS are investigating a case of ­attempted murder,” said Naicker.

Barthorpe is a long-time and current employee of Electro Technical Agency.

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