On Tuesday at about 10.15am a man was watching TV at his house on Akwamaryn Street when he allegedly heard a car stopping and dogs barking, Springs Advertiser reported.
“When he went to investigate, he allegedly saw three suspects lifting his gate of the track. The man went to fetch his firearm at the time,” said Springs police spokesperson Captain Johannes Ramphora.
As he returned to the front door, he heard the suspects breaking down the security door, added Ramphora.
Ramphora says when the man opened the front door, one of the suspects drew a gun.
The man allegedly fired seven shots in the direction of the suspects, who were running away at the time.
It is believed the suspects jumped into a getaway vehicle, firing back at the man.
Ramphora says the windscreen of the suspect’s vehicle shattered from the shots fired by the man.
“The man is not injured, and it is not known if the suspects were wounded,” says Ramphora.
The vehicle did not have any number plates.
Cases of attempted housebreaking and attempted murder have been opened.
Anyone with information to assist the police in their investigation can contact them on 011-365-5700/19/20.
In a separate incident, two men alleged to have been trying to forcibly gain entry into a house in Birch Acres, Ekurhuleni were arrested in January.
A Metro police officer who was giving a colleague a lift home was alerted by members of the public that the two men were trying to push open a gate of a house in the area, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
“The suspects were caught carrying a bag which contained various house breaking equipment,” said Minnaar.
They were arrested and taken to the Norkem Park police station.
– Caxton News Service