‘Shoot me,’ robber dares cop

2010-06-07 00:00

A POLICEMAN told yesterday how a robber who twice entered his property and attacked him on Saturday night dared him to shoot after the officer had cornered him in the yard of his Northdale home.

The policeman and his pregnant wife, also a police officer, were awoken by the intruder at about 11.30 pm.

“I heard noises and walked outside the bedroom and the guy ran out of the lounge and tried to jump over the wall,” said the policeman, who asked to remain anonymous for safety reasons.

It was later discovered that the man had broken into the couple’s car beforehand, stolen about 35 CDs and other goods, and stashed them a few metres away from the house.

He returned in fewer clothes in order to fit through the bathroom window.

“Once he had run out of the house I chased him. We fought and he assaulted me,” said the policeman, adding that he spent about 10 minutes chasing the intruder around the home. He said the intruder was very aggressive and possibly on drugs.

The robber was armed with a screwdriver. He cut the officer’s stomach and scratched and bruised his head and feet.

“I told my wife to fetch my firearm and ordered him to sit down. He got very violent with me and asked me to shoot him a number of times; He was begging me to shoot him,” said the policeman.

The robber became increasingly aggressive, so the officer fired a warning shot in order to take control of the situation.

The policeman asked his wife to fetch his handcuffs, but the robber reached for his firearm. “I fired a shot and it hit him on his right foot,” he said.

The injured man scrambled over the wall, leaving blood smears behind him, and fled.

The officer and his wife, who were both shaken by the incident, called the police, who caught the robber shortly afterwards.

Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the 22-year-old robber was found about 30 minutes after he escaped. “He was arrested in the vicinity by the dog unit.”

The man is in hospital under police guard and will be charged in court once he has recovered, Jeevan added.

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