Cornered robber shoots himself

2012-07-09 14:47

Johannesburg - Two suspected robbers died and a policeman was wounded in a shoot-out in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, on Monday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said three armed men entered the garden of a house in Lenasia just after 08:00.

"The owner of the house spotted them and locked himself inside the house. He pressed the panic button and the security company and the police responded."

A shoot-out between the police and the robbers ensued. One of the men was shot dead. The other two jumped over a wall in a bid to get away, and one of them was cornered in a neighbouring yard.

"The man shot himself dead upon realising that he was surrounded by police and had nowhere to go."

The third man was caught and arrested. The wounded policeman was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-09 14:57


  • thato.loeto.3 - 2012-07-09 15:01

    Here comes the Men In Blue***

  • mongwadi - 2012-07-09 15:04

    Should have shot the third guy also..But thumbs up

  • Zeezoh - 2012-07-09 15:08

    goog work by the police

  • Mondli - 2012-07-09 15:09

    My thoughts are with the wounded police officer, hope he recovers well

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-07-09 15:10

    This is what I call good police work. Congrats. Hope it continues throughout South Africa.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-09 15:28

    Good thinking and well done to the police and security company for responding so quickly

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-09 16:01

      Sorry about the wounded cop .Hope he is ok . but for the criminals good, clean them up

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-07-09 15:28

    Mooi man!

  • mantsiki.mbadamana - 2012-07-09 15:35

    Job well done by those cops and I pray and hope that the wounded cop recovers soon.

  • tshiamo.stevens - 2012-07-09 15:42


  • vambozha.mutemi - 2012-07-09 15:51

    Now i can have a cup of coffee

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-09 15:51

    Cornered robber shoots himself??? We have heard this one before until the IPID takes over the case. The truth will come out. This is a banana republic ruled by unruly cowboy policemen. Ever heard anywhere in the world were robbers shoot themselves after cornered??? ONLY IN THE REPUBLIC OF BANANALAND!!!

      brendan.r.dunne - 2012-07-09 16:06

      Actually yes! In the U.S.A in fact. Huge bank job where the robbers battled for hours with the cops. Was a big story bank in the day. That's just one example off the top of my head. If you think about it, would you rather be sodomized, degraded and beaten (possibly killed) in one of our jails or take the easy out? Rough call to make but maybe, just maybe, this individual has been there and DID NOT want to go back. But, none the less we do have SOME cowboys, as do all countries. In future please just check your facts before going off!

      Stille - 2012-07-09 16:15

      yes, and you are a major consumer of said bananas my inflated lip imbicile

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-09 16:28

      Yes it is true, thanks to the ANC we are now a Banana Republic. As for the Robber, I don't give a continental if he was shot by the police, and if he was, I hope there is no evidence to convict the cop. To blazes with these criminals. Blow them all to hell where they belong.

      francois.greeff.98 - 2012-07-10 08:05

      Andreas Baader from the Baader Meinhof gang commited suicide by shooting himself in the back of the head in 1977 in a German jail.

  • William - 2012-07-09 15:58

    WAT N GEK!!!

  • rontheogre - 2012-07-09 16:02

    I really appreciate the gesture of the robber that shot himself for saving the justice system the cost of housing and prosecuting him. If we can now just nurture this action and encourage all criminals to follow this example, even before being cornered.

  • leonlr78 - 2012-07-09 16:15

    Great news. If this happens more, robbers will think twice on breaking in with weapons like guns. You are not there to steal if you have a loaded gun. Then you are there to kill. So good to the policemen and armed responce. If the thief carries a gun, he is NOT there to steal...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-09 16:24

    Bye Bye. I wish more criminals would do us the favour of shooting themselves.

  • ana.curcic - 2012-07-09 17:00

    Well done. Just wish I could catch two elderly ladies who robbed my husband of his wallet yesterday. I would do the same.

  • liam.costello.50746 - 2012-07-09 17:20

    good on our cops! hope he makes a full recovery.

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-07-09 17:50

    Pity all 3 not dead

  • nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-09 23:57

    Why was the wounded rubbish taken to hospital, getting treated on our tax money. The police and security should have finished him off, finish and klaar! Tell wich hospital this rubbish has been taken too and I will informm the doctor to refuse to treat criminals, inject the rubbish with most deadliest poison. That way we save thousands of rands by NOT taking care of the piece of trash whilst in jail!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-10 07:51

    Well done to the robber that done himself in. You did the right thing.

  • marc.rule - 2012-07-10 08:35

    great news now can the rest of them do the same.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-07-10 09:37

    excellent!! please corner more of them!!! "Taking out the trash".

  • Pierre Bronkhorst - 2013-03-27 15:02

    2 down ... 8495698054 to go..

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