Police staffer in bloody tavern shoot-out

2014-06-16 00:00

A POLICE clerk was allegedly involved in a shoot-out with an unknown man outside a tavern in KwaPata near Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, early yesterday morning, with several people left injured.

It not yet clear how many shot were fired, but it is believed four people were injured and taken to Edendale Hospital by ER24 paramedics.

The police could not confirm the number of people injured.

Captain Musa Ntombela of the Plessislaer police said a 30-year-old clerk who works at radio control and a 33-year-old man from Sobantu had been arrested in connection with the shooting and will appear in court tomorrow.

When The Witness visited the scene yesterday, the tavern was closed. Youngsters hanging round in the area said they doubted that it would open later that day.

People in the area were not willing to speak on the incident on record.

“I was asleep, I do not know what happened there. When I arrived I found there were a lot of police officers in the area,” said one resident.

Another said: “We cannot tell you what happened; we were asleep and all we know is just hearsay from the other people who were there.”

Ntombela said the clerk, who cannot be named until he appears in court, was standing with a friend’s girlfriend outside Nkosi’s tavern when a confrontation with another man occurred.

He said the man allegedly uttered derogatory words directed at the clerk and then poured beer all over him.

The clerk jumped and tripped as the man allegedly charged at him. He then pulled out his service pistol and fired warning shots. The man ran back to his car, returned with a firearm and shots were fired.

Ntombela said the police received conflicting reports about the number of people injured during the shooting.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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