Pretoria shoot-out 'like The Matrix'

2012-10-08 09:14
Jaco du Toit at the scene of the shootout in Centurion. (Franco Megannon, Beeld)

Jaco du Toit at the scene of the shootout in Centurion. (Franco Megannon, Beeld)

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Pretoria - A wild shoot-out between robbers and security guards on the streets of Centurion was like something out of action movie The Matrix, said a security guard.

Jaco du Toit, 33, a security official with Monitor Net told Beeld how he chased after four robbers who had attacked people at a fuel station.

Garage employees approached Du Toit and his friend, Darron de Lange from Apcam, who arrived in two cars at the fuel station to buy coffee, and told them of the gang.

Du Toit and De Lange immediately set off after the robbers in one car, trying to force them off the road.

The robbers drove at a speed of 190km/h and shot at Du Toit and De Lange.

“They shot first and then I shot back,” said Du Toit.

He shot one man in the back through a window and also hit the left back wheel of the car, causing it to overturn and roll into oncoming traffic.

“It looked like The Matrix, with the robbers flying through the air.”

Three of the men needed medical attention and a fourth ran away. .

De Lange, who was driving, said he thought he wouldn’t survive the chase.

“It felt good to catch them,” said Du Toit.

A police spokesperson confirmed the incident. 

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