Durban – A suspected house robber was killed after he and a group of other men forced their way into the home of a police officer in Newlands West in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said an off-duty officer was roused by his screaming son.
"The police member was asleep in his bedroom when he heard his son screaming for help. When he proceeded to him he discovered that his son was in altercation with the suspect and was bleeding," she said.
"The policeman then shouted to his wife asking her to give him his firearm, which the wife did. At that time the officer also joined his son and wrestled a knife from the suspect," Mbhele added.
During the scuffle the robber drew what was later discovered to be a toy gun.
"The policeman held the suspect down until his wife gave him his service firearm and eventually shot [the suspect in the stomach]. The suspect died instantly," she said.
The officer's son was rushed to the hospital where he died after succumbing to his injuries. He had sustained a stab wound to the left side of his body.