Off-duty constable kills robber

2013-11-13 00:00

AN off-duty constable on Monday took a bullet in stomach and shot dead a suspect after he had chased five robbers whom he saw fleeing from an Isipingo business.

It was the second time in a week that the robbers had attacked Eastcoast Engineering. Owner Paulo Mendez said the second attack happened at around 4.30 pm, when five armed men walked in and robbed those present of various valuables including money, wallets, cellphones and other personal belongings.

Mendez said the same group of men had robbed him and his staff at gunpoint a week before. The robbers had not bothered to conceal their identities during either robbery.

“The first time my staff and I did not suspect them of anything as they looked like customers who just had an interest in purchasing from the store,” said Mendez.

“I was pushed onto the ground and beaten several times with a gun on my head, punched and kicked as well. The first time we were robbed they beat up some of the staff, trying to make sure no one looked at them.”

Mendez said Eastcoast Engineering has been in existence for the past eight years and this was the first time they had been targeted.

“On Monday they just walked in, demanded valuables from my employees and then they hit me on my head. They took my valuables and some money. I don’t believe there was any other motive besides robbery. They were probably just looking to make some quick cash by selling all our valuables,” said Mendez.

SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said an off-duty constable attached to the National Intervention Unit witnessed the suspects fleeing from the scene and gave chase.

Naicker said as the constable chased the robbers, they opened fire, wounding him in his abdomen. “The policeman returned fire, killing one of the suspects. Three other suspects managed to flee unharmed.”

Isipingo SAPS are investigating cases of business robbery, murder and attempted murder,” Naicker said.

Mendez said he is thankful to the officer for his bravery.

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