An off-duty police officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly attacked him with a screwdriver, after intervening in a mugging on Wednesday.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that the mugging incident took place in Besters near KwaMashu, Durban.
“A woman, 28, was waiting for her transport between Nyala Road and Ntuzuma Access Road when she was accosted by three men. They threatened her with a firearm and robbed her of her belongings before fleeing on foot,” he said.
“The victim screamed for help and an off-duty police officer who heard her screams, came to her rescue. Two of the men continued to flee.
“However one man attacked the police officer with a screwdriver when he was confronted. After he refused to comply with the police officer’s instructions to stop the attack, the officer fired a shot towards him, wounding the man in the leg,” Naicker added.
The woman had taken a photo of the 3 men with the SnapMail mobile phone app, which sent the photo to her by e-mail and also stored it in her private account on the SnapMail website. This should prove very valuable in the hunt for the two attackers who escaped as all of the photos have a time and GPS stamp.
There should be no trouble getting a mugging conviction for these men once the photos are produced as evidence. Five of her friends had also been notified as she had taken the photo using the premium SnapMail Emergency service and obviously had not clicked the link in the e-mail to tell them she was alright.
The injured man remains under police guard in a Durban hospital and will be charged with armed robbery and mugging.
He will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court as soon as he is discharged. “Police are on the trail of the two outstanding suspects,” Naicker said.
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