A mother has shot dead a would-be robber after he shot her shot her daughter in Die Wilgers, east of Pretoria.
His accomplice got away and was still on the run, said police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits.
The shooting occured on Sunday night at about 9pm, Rekord East reported.
Brits said two men confronted a young woman, the owner’s daughter, when she went to see why the family’s dogs were barking.
“The family was having dinner outside when the young woman went to check on the dogs. When she got to the door she was confronted by two men,” she said.
“The men with firearms forced her and the family inside the house and ordered them to lie on the floor.”
Brits said the mother was taken to the passage of the house when her daughter slipped aside to get her mother’s firearm.
“The woman gave the firearm to her mother who shot one of the suspects twice. He fell down and died from his wounds,” explained Brits.
She said when the other men returned fire, the daughter was struck in the back.
“The young woman is in hospital in a stable condition.”
A Walter 9mm firearm with no serial number was recovered. The two men were dressed in dark clothing, wore gloves and spoke English. Both men were in their 30s.
Brits said nothing was taken in the robbery attempt, but the police were investigating.
In a separate incident, a suspected house robber was killed in a shootout after a house robbery in Pinetown, Durban, police said in June.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said four men entered the house in Caversham, Pinetown on Tuesday at 7pm and ordered the two siblings they encountered to lie down, while they cleaned out the house.
“They removed jewellery, two plasma television screens, a laptop and three cell phones. One of the victims managed access his firearm and opened fire at the suspects,” Naicker said in a statement.
“The suspects returned fire, wounding the victim. One of the suspects was fatally wounded in the shootout while three managed to flee scene unharmed.”
– Caxton News Service