Security officer attacked

2016-04-14 06:00
Photo: supplied Reaction Unit officer Jerry John.

Photo: supplied Reaction Unit officer Jerry John.

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A REACTION Unit South Africa (Rusa) armed response officer sustained severe injuries on Sunday afternoon when he was attacked by a man with a brick.

Officer, Jerry John responded to a call of a robbery-in-progress with fellow officer Sunil Hemraj at the premises of a business in Phoenix at around 2.30pm.

According to Rusa head, Prem Balram; John and Hemraj noticed a suspect scale a fence and flee the scene when they arrived, which triggered Henraj to pursue him on foot.

“Reaction officer Jerry John approached the rear of the building and noticed a second suspect attempting to flee the building through a door.
“When the suspect saw Officer John approaching, he ran back inside the building as John pursued him,” said Balram, who added that upon entering the building, John saw two suspects inside and managed to arrest them both; handcuffing them together.

It was at this point that John was attacked by a third suspect, who, unbeknown to him; had been hiding in the building. The man hit Officer John several times with a brick and a firearm before the trio fled the scene; leaving John in a pool of blood.

“The firearm magazine was found next to John after it was ejected during the scuffle,” said Balram.

The two men who John had handcuffed together were arrested a short while after the botched robbery by police officers on patrol in the KwaMashu area. According to Balram, the police officers claimed to notice the two suspects behaving suspiciously, when they approached the men, found them handcuffed together, and took them into custody.

Officer John’s firearm was recovered after a short search, and the reaction officer remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Balram commended the reaction officers for their brave interception of the suspects and wished the injured officer a speedy recovery. The RUSA head also praised the police for their quick action in arresting the two handcuffed suspects who fled the scene after John handcuffed them.

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