Home owner kills would-be robber

A toy gun used in an attack on a family who were enjoying a meal on their porch. A member of the family produced a real gun and fired shots killing one of the assailants Picture: Facebook

A toy gun used in an attack on a family who were enjoying a meal on their porch. A member of the family produced a real gun and fired shots killing one of the assailants Picture: Facebook

Published Aug 17, 2015

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Johannesburg - A planned burglary at a Kensington house backfired on three men when the owner of the property shot one of them dead and left another wounded.

The three men had entered the house at about 7pm on Friday, while the family were having a braai. They apparently jumped over a wall to gain entry into the property. Two of them were armed with guns. They pointed the guns at the family and demanded money and cellphones.

The owner of the property had spotted the three intruders while he was fetching drinks and immediately went to fetch his firearm.

He shot at the men but two of them managed to escape.

One of the men had a plastic gun, the home owner said.

“I just responded and then the police, ADT security arrived and the ambulance arrived shortly (afterwards),” the man, who did not want to be named, said.

“The neighbours saw some dodgy-looking guys. I think they were totally opportunistic. I took out a gun and quickly responded. It was just by luck that I saw them,” he added.

Cleveland cluster spokeswoman Constable Mpho Mashakane said paramedics had declared the man who was shot dead on the scene.

She said an inquest docket had been opened and the home owner’s firearm had been taken for ballistics tests.

On the same night, the police found a man with gunshot wounds in Rhodes Park in Kensington. The man said he had been robbed by two men.

The police said that they suspected the two men who had fled the house where their accomplice had been killed had shot him.

Mashakane said the man was taken to a Joburg hospital.

The previous day, three armed men broke into a house in Kibler Park belonging to a couple who work for the Crime Intelligence Service.

One of them sustained critical injuries when the couple opened fire on them

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