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Carjacking suspect shoots himself during scuffle with victim

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

DURBAN - Yesterday at 13:30 the Umbilo Task Team received information about a carjacking at Ferguson Road, where a vehicle was taken with the complainant. Swift police action led members to Alan Paton Road, where the vehicle, fitting the description circulated, was found with the suspect lying on the ground bleeding from his right leg.

Upon interviewing the complainant of the hijacked vehicle, he alleged that the suspect jumped into his vehicle and drove towards Allan Paton Road with him in it. Whilst the suspect was driving, the complainant pulled up the hand brake and stopped the vehicle. He then fought with the suspect and during the scuffle, the suspect accidentally shot himself in the right leg. The 35-year-old suspect was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with the serial number filed off and six rounds of ammunition.

The suspect was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard. He will appear in court soon for carjacking, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He will also be profiled to establish if he could be linked to other cases in the province.


Colonel Thembeka Mbele
082 462 9870