Alleged house robber shot after attack at off-duty cop's home

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There was an attempted robbery at an off-duty cop's house.
There was an attempted robbery at an off-duty cop's house.
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An alleged armed robber, part of a gang of three who held-up an off-duty police sergeant and his wife in their Limpopo house, was found bleeding near the scene after the officer managed to shoot him despite being injured himself.

The Mutale sergeant came under attack at his home by three armed men who stormed his house early on Sunday morning while he was asleep with his wife in Lukau Tshishive village, said police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba.

The robbers made off with bank cards and clothes.

One armed attacker shot the sergeant in the shoulder while the other two took his wife and dumped her in a nearby bush.

Ledwaba said it was unclear what the men did to the woman.

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The sergeant managed to crawl to get his service pistol and retaliated by shooting the attacker who had shot him. The injured suspect fled the officer's house, jumping over the fence. 

"The police searched the nearby bushes and found a man with wounds, believed to be the suspect who was shot in the sergeant's house. The wounded man was reportedly in possession of the goods stolen from the police sergeant's house," said Ledwaba. 

The suspect will appear at the Mutale Magistrate's Court on charges of attempted murder and house robbery.



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