23 June 2017

Response officers survive Malvern home invasion

A gang of armed robbers shot and injured a Blue Security armed response officer and a shot narrowly missed a second officer as the suspects fled the scene of a Malvern home invasion last night.

Blue Security operations director Brian Jackson said an armed response officers had arrived at the scene of a home invasion in response to an alarm activation in Dipdale Road at around 6.45pm. “Six suspects forced open the sliding gate to the property and reversed their black VW Polo into the driveway. One of the suspects remained outside on the lookout. The gang then entered the home and caught a mother and her two teenage sons by surprise. The home owner was at the back of the property unbeknown to the suspects,” he said.

“The robbers ransacked the house, forcing the brothers to lie on the floor and frog marched the terrified mother to the bedroom, demanding cellphones and other valuables. The suspects loaded valuables into their vehicle and grabbed the CCTV surveillance camera DVR recorder before fleeing the scene. As our officer arrived outside the property and parked his car, a suspect who was waiting as a lookout outside the house fired a shot at him. A bullet hit the top of the armed response vehicle windscreen, went through the visor and missed the officer’s head by millimetres before hitting and exiting the head rest,” he said.

“Our officer went for his firearm in an attempt to return fire and got out of his vehicle but the suspects were relentless so he called for back up. The suspects jumped into the getaway vehicle and sped down the road shooting indiscriminately at the back up vehicle that had just arrived. A shot was fired through the door of the vehicle and hit the officer’s right thigh before entering his left thigh and exiting again, according to paramedics at the scene,” he said.

“The suspects jumped into the getaway vehicle and sped down the road shooting indiscriminately at the back up vehicle that had just arrived. A shot was fired through the door of the vehicle and hit the officer’s right thigh before entering his left thigh and exiting again according to paramedics at the scene,” he said.

Jackson said the officer was transported to hospital for treatment. Malvern SAPS attended the scene of the crime. “We commend both of our officers for their swift response to the scene of the crime and for their bravery,” he said.

Just earlier this week another armed response officer was shot and injured during a shootout with armed robbers in Westmead.

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