The South African Police Service have opened a death inquest docket after a suspected hijacker was shot dead by a member of the public.
The licensed firearm holder is not under any suspicion at this stage with reports indicating that the owner of the house in Frederick Beyer Road in Johannesburg, shot and killed a man who was in the process of hijacking a vehicle.
Hijacker shot dead
The victim of the attempted hijacking was a woman driving alone in an Audi A4. According to an SAPS account of the incident the woman was being followed by another vehicle, and noticing a gate left open along the road she drove into the yard and hooted for help.
A suspect is alleged to have approached the car and tapped on the window with a firearm instructing her to get out. She then got out of the vehicle with her hands up as the man entered her car and tried to drive away.
Police say she then heard gunshots but wasn’t sure where they were coming from.
Once the dust settled, the victim came to realise the shots had been fired from the house, killing the hijacker as he attempted to flee the scene.
“Police are investigating an inquest docket and attempted hijacking after a hijacker was shot and killed by the owner of the house in Frederick Beyer Road yesterday night, 13 June 2020, at about 20:00,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele.
“It is alleged that the suspects’ car followed a woman driving an Audi A4 until where the road ended, she then noticed that the gate was left opened at Frederick Beyer Road.
“She drove inside the yard and hooted for help.
“The vehicle of the suspects followed her and stopped outside the yard, one suspect jumped out of the vehicle with a gun and approached her car, knocked on the window with the firearm and instructed her to open the car.
“She then opened the door and climbed out of the vehicle with her hands up.
“A suspect jumped into the victim’s vehicle and drove away with it. There was a gunshot, at first she didn’t know where the shots were coming from, she only realised after everything was quiet that it was the owner of the house shooting at the suspects and fatally wounded the one in her car. The others who were in the car managed to drive away.”
A police search uncovered an unlicensed firearm in the deceased’s possession. Police are on the hunt for the suspect’s accomplices.
The SAPS urge the community to continue to work with the police to fight crime by calling Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or by giving a tip-off on the MySAPS app as police are still searching for two suspects who got away at the scene