Rejected lover fires at police

2011-03-15 10:19

Durban - An innocent bystander was accidentally shot in the head following a shootout between Port Shepstone police and a resident of the Mkholombe area over the weekend.

The man is in a serious condition in a local hospital.

Police had received a complaint at around 04:15 on Saturday morning from a resident in the area who said that somebody was firing shots in her house.

Police arrived at the house and the woman told them that her boyfriend had returned home late and wanted to force himself on her, but that she refused his advances.

She said her boyfriend produced a firearm and started firing shots in the house, damaging furniture.

Ran out of bullets

It is alleged that he left for his house, which is not far from his girlfriend’s home, when he ran out of bullets.

The woman called the police while he was away.

Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said police officers spoke to the woman.

Just as they were preparing to leave her room, she said, “somebody approached them in the dark, shouting at them and asking them what they were doing there”.

“The man started firing at the police and it turned out to be the boyfriend.”

Wiid said the police returned fire and that a nearby civilian was accidentally shot in the head.

“He was presumably hit by one of the suspect’s bullets while he was firing at the police.”


The suspect fled the scene and hid between some shacks in the area.

The police officers who were shot at returned to the area at around 08:00.

They found the suspect sleeping in a shack and arrested him. After a thorough search of another shack, the police recovered a .22 pistol.

They believe that the suspect used the pistol in the shootout.

Four more rounds of ammunition were also found.

The man appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of attempted murder and sexual assault.

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-15 10:25

    Give me strength Dear Lord!

  • Makutu - 2011-03-15 10:32

    LOL! What a country we live in! SHYKESSSSSSS....

  • daaivark - 2011-03-15 10:33

    The result of inherent chauvinism in so many SA men. Terrible.

  • sowhereto - 2011-03-15 10:41

    They found him sleeping, he was most probably sleep walking(sleep shooting in his case). How do you sleep after doing such?

      Shadoz - 2011-03-15 12:03

      well if you have no conscience like the whole lot of these murdering bastards you don't see that you have done anything wrong. I bet my life on the fact that he thinks he is innocent and has not done anything wrong. This is the problem with all of these uneducated fools.

  • LadyJJ - 2011-03-15 10:55

    the police need to do their job a little beter

      BigPig69 - 2011-03-16 06:35

      Didn't see you there did I?

  • Mauritz Swanepoel - 2011-03-15 11:08

    Wait, the police RETURNED at around 08:00? I don't quite get this? I would imagine when the police get shot at, and the suspect, on foot, runs away (because I'll assume there will be some running taking place) they would give chase? Perhaps call for back-up? NOT RETURN AT 08:00! Did they seriously wait for the new shift?

      Shadoz - 2011-03-15 12:05

      you see there was no money to be made off bribes or theft. Guess we just lucky they returned at all

      karin.g - 2011-03-15 13:01

      I also thought it strange that they returned hours later looking for the suspect. Why did they leave in the first place? The woman could have been murdered in the meantime. Why did they not stay there and search for him????

      BigPig69 - 2011-03-16 06:52

      Hey brightness. I wish you and your mates will realize that what the papers report is not always correct. You assume so easey about what realy did happen on the scene. The coppers here did follow up and they kept at it till they found him later. This is a squatter camp, you have any idea how many little alleys and rooms this place have?? No wait you and your mates are sitting on your fat arses commenting from safetey! Come work here in this "informal settlement" and then we talk again. Unfortunately the way the reporters write it is bull. So easy to make assumptions when you all sitting on the sidelines. Not all the cops are bad guys, there's some off them that do more than their best. Just go back a bit to all those that has died on duty trying to look after your sorry backsides. I've said it before and I'll say it again, just cause some is bad, does not make all of the coppers bad. Funny part is how the comments about how bad the cops are is rife on the net, but the ones that are still dedicated still do their best. They deserve better. Yes lets face it, there is a lot of bad in the police, no doubt. There's also good though. So go for it, tell us how bad the cops are, but when you do think of those that still did their best and left children and families behind and those that still keep trying.

  • Hayi-sure - 2011-03-15 11:10


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-03-15 11:17

    Do you laugh, cry, throw your hands up in the air...I just don't know anymore...

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