A private taxi driver was shot and killed at a petrol station while he tried to protect his girlfriend from hijackers in Newlands East, North of Durban last night.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the man was allegedly busy refuelling his vehicle at the petrol station with his girlfriend, an off duty policewoman, in the car with him just before midnight. “Hijackers accosted the couple and pulled the woman out of the vehicle and produced a firearm. The driver then jumped out of the vehicle and had an altercation with the suspect in an attempt to protect his girlfriend. Two shots were fired, hitting the driver in his upper body. Paramedics later declared him dead at the scene,” Mathios said.
“The suspect then jumped into the victim’s vehicle and fled the scene. The vehicle was allegedly later found abandoned about one kilometre away from the scene of the crime. The suspects remain at large.”
Police from Newlands East and Greenwood Park, and Blue Security attended the scene of the crime which was captured on the petrol station’s onsite CCTV surveillance cameras. Police are investigating.
Mathios said Blue Security and the SAPS Flying Squad was then called out to the scene of a crime in Riverhorse Valley last night where suspects were trespassing on a derelict business premises that had previously been gutted by a fire. “A security guard who patrols the business district spotted the suspects on the premises and called for back-up,” he said.
“We responded to the scene within minutes together with the SAPS Flying Squad and searched the premises for the suspects. We managed to apprehend one suspect but the second suspect managed to evade arrest.”
Mathios said the suspect was taken to the Greenwood Park police station for fingerprinting and further processing.