Police wounded and arrested two men for attempted murder and attempted hijacking at about 6pm in Umlazi, Durban, on Friday evening, KwaZulu-Natal police said.
A police officer was driving along Banana Road in Q Section, Umlazi, when he was flagged down by the victim who was being hijacked, spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said on Saturday.
The officer stopped and while he was trying to talk to the victim, the suspects fired shots at him. He retaliated in self-defence and wounded two suspects. Community members came to his aid and two men were successfully apprehended. Another alleged hijacker fled the scene on foot.
The arrested suspects, aged 18 and 19, were taken to hospital for medical attention under police guard. They would appear in the Umlazi Magistrates’ Court once they were discharged, Zwane said.
KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the officer and community members who came to his aid. “We highly appreciate the role played by the community in the apprehension of the suspects. This is the kind of partnership we need from our communities; together we can win the battle against criminals,” she said.
– African News Agency (ANA)