An attempted house break-in suspect was left injured and hospitalised after he tried fighting off a K9 Unit dog following a chase with members of the Newlands East Police Crime Prevention Unit, Rising Sun Overport reports
The members were conducting normal crime prevention patrols when they received information via radio control about people who were trying to break into one of the houses in Valleydale, Newlands West, on Monday.
According to the station’s communications officer, Captain ND Zikali, police then proceeded to the address but did not find the suspect.
“A neighbour who alerted the police gave a description of the suspects and the vehicle that they were using, a white Toyota with NUR number plates. The police later spotted the same vehicle with suspects on Valleydale Road, and at that time, two of the three suspects were jumping over the fence into a resident’s premises via the backyard,” he said.
“Their driver remained in the vehicle. When police approached them, the suspect in the vehicle started shooting at the police and sped off. Police then chased after the other two suspects who were in the yard, and one of them ran into the nearby bushes,” added Zikali.
The suspect was later arrested after the K9 Unit was called for backup. The police dog traced him to a nearby bush, where he was nabbed.
He is currently under police guard in hospital and will be appearing in court once he is discharged.
– Caxton News Service