Guard shoots suspected Cape Town school arsonist

2016-03-03 18:30
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Cape Town – A security guard shot and wounded a man who allegedly broke into a Lotus River school in the early hours of Thursday morning before setting a building alight.

The guard attended the scene after his company received a report of a burglary and arson on Wednesday night, said Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

"He was attacked by the suspect who threatened to kill him. Several shots were fired by the security guard, wounding the suspect."

The wounded suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Provincial education department spokesperson Millicent Merton confirmed the incident took place at Montagu's Gift Primary School.

"The school reported that the caretaker's home was set alight. There was smoke damage to the administration building and the electrical wiring was also damaged," she said.

Van Wyk said a business burglary and arson case had been opened for investigation.

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