Cop’s son in gun drama

2011-08-01 00:00

A SON of an Msunduzi Municipality traffic officer was arrested last night after he shot and injured two men using his father’s official pistol outside the Blue House tavern in Imbali yesterday during a dispute over a girl.

The two men were not part of the dispute, one was passing by and the other was standing in the area when the shooting started.

One was shot in the leg and the other in the buttocks. They are reportedly stable in hospital.

Witnesses to the incident, who declined to be named, said the scene would have been a bloodbath if the son was a more accurate shooter as he fired more than 10 bullets, and only hit two targets.

When The Witness arrived in the area, the police were still busy collecting evidence, with the empty shells circled by police chalk.

The witnesses said the dispute started at the tavern where the son of the traffic official was fighting with another young man over a woman.

After the initial fight the son left, returning later with his father who was driving his official vehicle and was in full uniform.

“When he arrived [the father] wanted to find out what had happened and pulled out his pistol and pointed it at the patrons at the tavern,” said a witness.

The witnesses said the dispute moved out of the tavern into the main street where they allege the officer used the butt of his gun to assault the man who had been fighting with his son.

“This angered the community, who moved threateningly to attack him, other people moved to assault his son and that was when he fired a warning shot and the people scattered around,” said a witness.

“He and his son got into the vehicle to leave, but only drove a short distance, the son came out with the pistol and started firing randomly hitting two people.

“If he had been an accurate shooter he would have killed many people because he was shooting directly at them,” said a witness.

Another witness said they were concerned about the father’s role in the incident. “He came here in full uniform, in a municipal vehicle, while on duty and he let his son shoot people with his official gun.

“And when his son had fled with his gun and he chased after him, his youngest son drove the municipal vehicle chasing after them, something he should not have done because he is not authorised to drive it.”

Lieutenant Joey Jeevan of the SAPS said the son was arrested shortly after the incident.

She said preliminary investigations suggested that he forcefully removed his father’s gun.

“At this stage the investigations are continuing, if there is evidence that the father was negligent in any way, there is a possibility that he might be charged.”

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