Durban ‘mad man’ in critical condition after police open fire

2009-12-15 00:00

A DURBAN man, who is believed to be mentally ill, is in a critical condition after he was shot by police at a shopping centre in Inanda yesterday.

It is believed that the man approached a security guard at the Star Hyper Shopping Centre, which is situated on the KwaMashu Highway (M25) near Inanda.

The man allegedly wrestled the guard to the ground before making off with his shotgun.

The gunman then ran into a nearby building where he hid on the second floor.

The man used plastic crates and wooden benches to barricade himself inside the room, which can be accessed only with a ladder.

Police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said that members from the Dog Unit, Tactical Response Team and from local stations responded and made several attempts to disarm the man.

Police surrounded the building and waited for the man to give himself up.

It is believed that police used stun grenades and smoke grenades to get the man to surrender.

“When their attempts failed, our members opened fire. There was an exchange of fire and the suspect was shot in the chest and face,” he said.

Netcare spokesman Jeff Wicks said that the man was stabilised at the scene and then taken to a local hospital. He is in a critical condition.

Mdunge said that the man will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and will then be charged with attempted murder, robbery and pointing a gun at a police officer.

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