Botched hijacking leaves Durban motorist dead

2016-11-28 13:04


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Durban - A single bullet is believed to have killed a motorist and wounded his girlfriend in a hijacking that went awry on Sunday.

It is believed the bullet pierced through the man's chest and then struck his girlfriend, who was seated next to him, in the leg.

The incident happened in Ferguson Street, Durban, on Sunday afternoon.

It is understood that the driver had tried to resist the gunman and was then shot in the chest.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a police officer who was in the area at the time rushed to the scene.  

"The suspect fled... a police officer, who was in the vicinity, heard about the incident and [a] description of the suspect was also given to him," she said.

"The police officer saw the man fitting the same description given to him running along Brand Road not far away from the murder scene. He gave chase and eventually he managed to apprehend the suspect."

The officer found the gunman in possession of an unlicensed firearm suspected to be the same one used in killing the victim on Ferguson Road.

"He was arrested and will be charged with murder, attempted murder, attempted hijacking and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition."  

KwaZulu-Natal's acting provincial police commissioner Major General Bheki Langa praised the officer for his commitment that led to the arrest and recovery of the firearm.

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