Brave KZN security guard takes down armed gang

2016-03-01 14:45
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Durban - A quick-thinking security guard, outnumbered and outgunned, single-handedly took on a gang of six armed men who had just robbed his colleague at a store in Eshowe on Tuesday.

The guard had seen the men strip a colleague of his firearm and boxes of cash, and had moved to cut off their escape through the back of a shop.

A dramatic shoot-out then began behind the Arizona Cash and Carry, and ended with one alleged robber shot dead and several arrested.  

A source close to the investigation, who could not be named, said that one cash-in-transit security guard had gone inside the shop to refill the ATM with cash boxes.

As the guard opened the ATM, he was surrounded by a gang of armed men who disarmed him and stripped him of the money boxes.

"The driver of the armoured car saw this and moved around to the back of the shop where they tried to escape. There was a massive shooting and one of the alleged robbers was killed, the source said.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that several members of the gang had been arrested.

"Later two suspects were arrested and found in possession of two unlicensed 9mm pistols. A case of attempted robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition was opened at Eshowe police station for further investigation," he said.

The suspects - aged between 25 and 31 years - will appear in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of attempted robbery, attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The trio allegedly tried to make off with money which had just been delivered by a G4S security company earlier in the morning, store manager Paul Engelbrecht told News24. 

Engelbrecht said none of his employees were injured, but all had been shaken up by the incident.

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