Rejected lover fires at police
Lloyd Burnard, The Witness
Durban - An innocent bystander was accidentally shot in the head following a shootout between Port Shepstone police and a resident of the Mkholombe area over the weekend.
The man is in a serious condition in a local hospital.
Police had received a complaint at around 04:15 on Saturday morning from a resident in the area who said that somebody was firing shots in her house.
Police arrived at the house and the woman told them that her boyfriend had returned home late and wanted to force himself on her, but that she refused his advances.
She said her boyfriend produced a firearm and started firing shots in the house, damaging furniture.
Ran out of bullets
It is alleged that he left for his house, which is not far from his girlfriend’s home, when he ran out of bullets.
The woman called the police while he was away.
Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said police officers spoke to the woman.
Just as they were preparing to leave her room, she said, “somebody approached them in the dark, shouting at them and asking them what they were doing there”.
“The man started firing at the police and it turned out to be the boyfriend.”
Wiid said the police returned fire and that a nearby civilian was accidentally shot in the head.
“He was presumably hit by one of the suspect’s bullets while he was firing at the police.”
The suspect fled the scene and hid between some shacks in the area.
The police officers who were shot at returned to the area at around 08:00.
They found the suspect sleeping in a shack and arrested him. After a thorough search of another shack, the police recovered a .22 pistol.
They believe that the suspect used the pistol in the shootout.
Four more rounds of ammunition were also found.
The man appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault.