Neighbourhood watchman wounded in shooting

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

A neighbourhood watchman in Douglasdale, northern Johannesburg, was shot and wounded on Sunday while carrying out his duties, Gauteng police said.

He and his colleagues were checking up on a burglar alarm that went off at a house in the area when the incident happened, said Warrant Officer Daniel Mavimbela.

“They spotted two suspects. One of the suspects allegedly fired a handgun, wounding the 29-year-old man on the upper body,” said Mavimbela.

The police were called to the scene and a search was conducted throughout the neighbourhood.

One suspected gunman was caught with an unlicenced firearm.

He was arrested and faces a charge of attempted murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He is expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court soon.

“A manhunt has been launched for the second suspect,” said Mavimbela.


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