July 27 2006 at 05:16PM
Two burglars were shot dead and one escaped after a householder in Risiville in Vereeniging opened fire on them, police said on Thursday.
Superintendent Maria Mazibuko said the owner of the house, 49, and his wife were entertaining a visitor on Wednesday night, when he noticed movements through the window. He immediately went for his firearm, and went outside.
On looking through a window he saw the three robbers inside the house. One had his wife at gunpoint, and the other had a firearm pointed at the visitor.
Mazibuko said the robbers knew there were three occupants in the house, and one of them went to search for the owner.
On confronting the owner, the robber was shot twice in the head.
The second one heard the shots and went to investigate. He was also shot twice in the head. Both men died on the scene.
The police were looking for the third suspect who fled with two cellphones.
Two 9mm pistols were found next to the unidentified suspects.
They may be connected to other house robberies in the area.
The names of the owners of the house and the visitor were withheld for security reasons, Mazibuko said. - Sapa