Cape Town – An alleged hijacker is recovering in a Durban hospital – under police guard – after he accidentally shot himself in the leg during a scuffle with a man he had allegedly taken hostage.
Police in KwaZulu-Natal said the incident took place on Thursday in the Glenwood area.
In a statement, police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said police rushed to the scene after being alerted of the hijacking.
“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,” Mbele said.
She added: “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 taken to hospital where he remained under police guard.
He was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with the serial number filed off and six rounds of ammunition, Mbele said.
He was expected to 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,” said Mbele.