Robber dies in shoot-out with cop

2012-01-20 16:13
Durban - A robber was killed and another was wounded in a shoot-out with an off-duty police constable in Newdawn Park, Newlands, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

Three armed men robbed a 62-year-old woman at her home in Newdawn Park on Thursday. They held her up in her lounge and demanded money and the keys to the safe, said Captain Thulani Zwane.

"They locked her up with her son and daughter in the bathroom before ransacking the house," he said.

The family alerted an off-duty policeman living in their outbuilding.

"As he approached the house, he was shot in the chest and he returned fire," said Zwane. The men fled.

"We found one of the men lying dead in a road in the vicinity and the other was rendered immobile by his injuries," he said. It was not known if the third robber was wounded.

Police seized a pistol, four cellphones, and a computer.

"The wounded policeman, who is in his early 30s, was admitted to hospital and stabilised," Zwane said.

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