Tiffany Avern-Taplin
1 minute read
19 Sep 2013
7:00 am

Woman dies as shots fired at her vehicle

Tiffany Avern-Taplin

A woman trying to escape from an "unmarked police vehicle" died as her bullet-riddled vehicle rolled on the N2 near Umkomaas on Sunday.

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She was on her cellphone to her mother at the time, hysterically asking her what to do while being chased and shot at.

“They are following me, they are trying to kill me,” were the last words the mother heard before a gunshot, a scream and then silence.

Port Shepstone restaurateur Lee Anne Douglas was travelling alone in her vehicle on the N2 highway when an alleged “unmarked vehicle with a blue light” tried to pull her over.

While details of the incident remain sketchy, it is believed other SA Police Service (SAPS) vehicles joined the chase and shots were fired at Lee Anne’s vehicle. She lost control and crashed.

It remains unclear why police opened fire instead of setting up a roadblock. A family friend said they were waiting for post-mortem results to hear if Lee Anne was shot before she rolled the car.

Captain Thulani Zwane from the SAPS KZN media centre said: “We can confirm that a case of murder has been opened at Umkomaas. The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.” – CNS.