Shootout turns peaceful Clermont in Wild West

2014-07-29 00:00

A SHOOTOUT between police and hijackers in Clermont, West Durban, yesterday turned the peaceful neighbourhood into the Wild West.

The shootout left a suspected hijacker wounded while a second suspect is still on the run. The wounded man is in a serious condition in hospital

The Witness has established the injured gunman was out on bail for a similar crime.

A tracking unit in the stolen car appeared to have been the undoing of the men, as police threw out a search net across the neighbourhood.

The car had been stolen in a hijacking in Cato Ridge just hours before.

A police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said that armed guards from the vehicle tracking company had followed the signal from the car.

“The tracking unit followed the signal into ­Clermont and they found the car in 37th Avenue. When police and the guards confronted the two men, the gunfight started,” he said.

“One of the hijackers was shot in the leg and he was arrested. The other man involved fled on foot and has not been arrested yet.”

According to the source, the injured hijacker was out of bail.

“We confirmed that the individual that was arrested is currently on bail for a case of possessing an illegal firearm. He had skipped bail completely and had stopped reporting to the police station once a week, so a warrant of arrest was issued,” he added.

A police officer was also seriously injured when he broke his arm while taking cover from gunfire.

Both he and the suspect were treated at the scene before they were transported to hospital.

The gunman will remain under police guard while he is receiving treatment.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that police were probing the shooting.

He could not be drawn to comment on the injured gunman’s bail conditions.



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