Off-duty cop fights robbers

2016-01-21 06:00
 Photo: supplied Reaction Unit South Africa officers and medics outside a home where a shootout with armed robbers occurred in Mountview.

Photo: supplied Reaction Unit South Africa officers and medics outside a home where a shootout with armed robbers occurred in Mountview.

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AN off-duty policeman from Dawncrest, Verulam fended off three armed men who entered his home at the weekend and started a shoot-out inside his house.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Lieutenant Mark Prakasim said the off-duty policeman was leaving home when he noticed the three suspects entering through his garage door.

“When they saw the policeman they started firing at him and he returned fire scaring them off,” said Prakasim.

“It’s unknown if the suspects were injured as no arrests have been made but the officer and his family are fine.”

The suspects were seen escaping in a light blue Toyota Corolla.

Police are investigating a case of attempted robbery and murder.

Prakasim has urged the community to stay vigilant when leaving and entering their properties following this incident.

“When you are arriving or leaving your house, be aware of anyone near your gate.

“We are noticing criminals are preying on people entering and leaving their houses,” said Prakasim.

In another shootout in Mountview, Verulam on Tuesday, three armed men exchanged gunfire with Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa).

Rusa owner Prem Balram said they had received a complaint of a house break-in from a member of the public and when Rusa officers arrived at the house three suspects ran out and began shooting at the officers.

“The officers returned fire hitting the suspects’ vehicle several times,” said Balram.

“The suspects continued firing at the officers as they got into their vehicle and fled the scene.”

Balram said backup vehicles responding to the call were informed by the public that the VW Polo the suspects had escaped in was seen heading towards Inanda.

“Several officers proceeded to the area however no arrests were made. A registration check confirmed that the number plates used belonged to a Jeep,” said Balram.

Balram said upon inspection of the house it was found that forced entry was gained through the front door and the house was ransacked, but it was unknown if anything had been stolen.

Prakasim said both incidents are under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Verulam SAPS on 0325415222.

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