A case of attempted armed robbery is being investigated after a police officer shot dead two robbers during his daughter’s birthday party in Kempton Park at the weekend.
According to provincial police spokesperson, Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng, four armed suspects entered the off-duty officer’s yard at about 8.30pm on Saturday and held up some of the guests, Kempton Express reported.
“He managed to run into the house and took his service pistol while the suspects were trying to group all the visitors into one place in the yard,” Mofokeng said.
“Shots were fired and the officer managed to shoot dead two suspects. The other two suspects managed to escape with a black bakkie, [of which] the registration number is unknown,” he added.
Mofokeng said a friend of the police officer was injured during the shooting. He was taken to hospital for treatment. The officer suffered no injuries.
Police found 14 cartridges on the scene. No firearms were found in possession of the deceased suspects.
In September, an elderly man shot and killed a house robber in the Allen Grove area of Kempton Park, on the East Rand. It is believed the suspect and his alleged accomplices had just robbed the man and his wife in their home.
“We can confirm that a case of house robbery is currently under investigation. It is alleged that four robbers entered the Peperboom Street home at about 3.15am, tied up an elderly couple and ransacked their home,” Kempton Park Police spokesperson Captain Jethro Mtshali said.
As the suspects left the house, the elderly man managed to free himself, got his firearm and fatally wounded one of the suspects.
– Caxton News Service