Alexandra police spokesperson Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said two suspects, one armed with a firearm, approached a Polo Vivo driver at a traffic light during peak hour morning traffic and ordered the driver out of the car.
One of the men then jumped into the driver’s seat while the other tried to jump into the passenger side, Alex News reported.
Another motorist, who had witnessed the hijacking, reportedly got out of his car and shouted at the suspects to stop.
Maphakela said the armed suspect then turned to aim his firearm at the shouting motorist, who then fired a shot, hitting the suspect’s upper body from behind.
The suspects then managed to flee the scene and police who were patrolling the area were alerted and gave chase.
The armed suspect fled on foot, but collapsed a few metres from the scene.
He was declared dead by paramedics who were called onto the scene while police recovered a fully loaded revolver.
According to Maphakela, the suspect had been a notorious car hijacker and the most wanted suspect for car hijackings, armed robbery and rape in Alexandra.
The second suspect reportedly abandoned the hijacked vehicle and is currently being sought by police.
Maphakela, added that the motorist was not arrested but a statement was taken from him.
“It is up to the court to decide whether to charge or not to charge the motorist shooter,” he said.
In a separate incident, a suspected hijacker was shot and wounded by police following a car chase and an attempted hijacking in Mamelodi, earlier this month.
The suspect was believed to be part of an eight-man gang that tried to hijack a van transporting cigarettes.
– Caxton News Service