A hijacker shot himself in a scuffle with his victim in Glenwood. Image by Flickr

Hijacker shoots himself as victim fights back

A 35-year-old hijacker who also kidnapped his victim shot himself when the motorist fought back during the horror ordeal.


A hijacker shot himself in a scuffle with his victim in Glenwood. Image by Flickr

An alleged hijacker shot himself when the motorist he had just kidnapped fought back while the suspect was driving the vehicle in Glenwood on Thursday. 

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS regional spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said that the police had responded to the scene of the crime at around 13:30 on Thursday. She said the hijacker, a 35-year-old man, had allegedly jumped into the motorist’s vehicle and drove off with him in it. 

“The Umbilo Task Team received  information about a carjacking in Ferguson Road, where a vehicle was taken with the complainant,” Mbele said.

“The police officers quick response led them to Alan Paton Road, where the police spotted the same vehicle with someone lying on the ground bleeding from his right leg,” she said.

Mbele said that the hijacking victim told the police that the suspect had jumped into his vehicle and drove towards Allan Paton Road with him in it. 

“While 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,” Mbele said.

Hijacker in hospital under police guard

Mbele said the suspect was found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol, which had the serial number filed off and six rounds of ammunition.

“The suspect was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard,” Mbele said.

She said the suspect was expected to appear in court soon to face charges of 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,” Mbele added.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, police reported that a 61-year-old man was shot and critically injured in a house robbery in Phoenix on Thursday night. Emer-G-Med paramedics said the man was taken to hospital for medical treatment.