Ex-colonel takes on 3 armed robbers

2013-04-26 08:51

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Pretoria - A retired air force pilot shot dead one armed robber and fired shots at another two, even shooting at the car in which one of them fled from his home.

The 73-year-old former colonel didn’t want to be identified but said he became mad when he saw the armed robbers in his house on Thursday and realised they would bother his ill wife, reported Beeld.

The former army instructor said he had been a bush fighter and had shot “many” terrorists from his “gunship”.

He said he believed people were fighting a war from their homes.

“When I saw the man in my house and thought of my wife who was lying asleep in the bedroom, I got mad on the spot,” he said. “Over the past two years, my wife underwent a double mastectomy, beat breast cancer and had double hip replacement. She has been through hell.”

The former colonel walked into one of the armed robbers in the house and while one of the robbers was distracted, managed to get his own weapon. One robber fled when he saw the gun.

“In the foyer, I shot the one in the shoulder. He fell. I jumped over him and went for the other. One ran down the street. I shot at him, just to speed him along. I then heard the car being switched on. I ran to the other side of the yard and fired three shots at the car before he drove off.”

Three television sets, the colonel and his wife’s wedding rings and her engagement ring were stolen, among more jewellery, a camera and a small safe.

The wounded robber died as police and security guards arrived.

The police are investigating and still searching for the other two robbers.

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