Yesterday at 02:30 an elderly woman (73) was sleeping in her house at Salt Rock when she was attacked by an armed suspect. She was allegedly threatened with a shotgun and robbed of her cellphone, cash as well as other items. The victim immediately contacted a local security company who responded. The suspect was traced close to the scene and when security guards attempted to apprehend him, a shootout ensued which resulted in the death of the suspect. An unlicensed shotgun believed to be the same weapon used during the robbery was seized.
A case of armed robbery as well as an inquest docket was opened at Umhlali police station for further investigation. It is believed that the shotgun was taken from a house during an armed robbery in May this year. It is alleged that the suspect was targeting elderly people living in the area and could be linked to similar crimes.
Source: South African Police Service