Security company officer shot

2015-06-11 06:00
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Reaction offices conduct their investigations.

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A PRIVATE security company officer was shot while attempting to apprehend a number of armed robbers in Verulam on Thursday.

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa­) head Prem Balram, a member of the public reported an armed robbery in progress at a home on Greenwood Close in Parkgate.

“The information was circulated via two-way radio to all Reaction officers in the Verulam area. A Reaction officer who was at a call out two roads away responded to the residence and upon arrival noticed five suspects fleeing into a dense bush at the back of the property.

“The officer circulated the information to other responding officers before getting back into his vehicle and proceeding to Old Main Road in Ottawa in an attempt to intercept the suspects. As the officer drove down Old Main Road he noticed the five suspects exiting the bush. He called for backup and as he exited his vehicle the suspects fired a volley of shots in his direction.”

Balram said one bullet struck the officer and although injured he managed to return fire.

“The suspects then fled back into the bush. Back up officers surrounded the area in an attempt to contain the suspects to a specific location while paramedics treated the injured officer before transporting him to a private hospital.”

According to Balram, the SAPS K9 unit arrived on scene a short while later and two patrol dogs and several officers entered the bush to search for the suspects.

Although the dogs managed to pick up a scent the search had to be called off due to the bush being extremely dense.

A lunch bag containing cable ties was found along the path as well as a black cloth containing muti, Balram said.

It is alleged that suspects consult with a sangoma prior to committing a crime to obtain muti which will prevent them from being apprehended or killed.

Paramedics also responded to the residence were the robbery occurred after being informed that one of the victims sustained an injury to his head after he was assaulted with the butt of a firearm.

The victim was treated on scene for his injury and declined to be transported to hospital for further evaluation.

IT IS ALLEGED THAT SUSPECTS CONSULT WITH A SANGOMA

PRIOR TO COMMITTING A CRIME TO OBTAIN MUTHI WHICH WILL PREVENT THEM FROM BEING

APPREHENDED OR KILLED

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