Hijacking suspect shot after car chase

2009-02-10 00:00

A hijacking suspect was shot by police in Kloof on Monday night after a high-speed car chase.

Police spokesman Inspector Solomon Mbele confirmed yesterday that the suspect, who was shot in the leg, was arrested and is in hospital under police guard.

Two other suspects escaped, but police are confident they will be arrested soon.

Police recovered a 9 mm pistol with its serial number filed off and 14 rounds of ammunition, as well as a woollen glove and a cellphone.

Mbele said three armed suspects hijacked a family outside their home in Methven Road, Westville, at around 8 pm.

“The female victim was with her husband and 15-year-old son in her driveway when the three suspects pounced on them and robbed them of personal belongings, including a purse and a baseball kit.”

He said the hijackers left with the family’s VW Jetta 5, escorted by a white VW Polo. The family gave police a description of the vehicle.

He said Durban South dog unit members Inspector Brendon Kruger and Sergeant Pietro Rodrigues recognised the Polo in Kloof about an hour later.

When the suspects realised they were being followed, they sped off and a high-speed car chase through the residential area followed.

“The Polo came to an abrupt halt in Dan Pienaar Road. Three suspects leapt out of the Polo, firing shots at the police vehicle, which stopped behind it.

“They kept firing at the officers while fleeing on foot. Inspector Kruger and Sergeant Rodrigues fired back [which led to] one of the suspects sustaining a gunshot wound to his leg. He was duly arrested.”

Mbele commended the police’s “diligent and swift action” and said that personal items belonging to the Westville family were found in the Polo.

The hijacked VW Jetta was found abandoned in Sydenham.

“The 30-year-old suspect was taken to hospital under police guard and will be charged with robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” he said.

The car was impounded to check its registration and the suspect was fingerprinted to establish whether he was linked to other crimes.

Mbele said the suspect will appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court soon.

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