September 21 2007 at 05:05PM
A man was shot dead in Scottburgh while trying to protect his family from a gang of armed robbers, police said on Friday.
Police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum said 32-year old Etienne Roets was shot on Thursday night as he attempted to charge down the gunman who had turned the gun on the his two children.
He said that a number of armed men had entered the Scottburgh house at about 8pm. Roets and his wife initially surrendered, sitting down on the floor. But when one of the gunmen turned their attention on the panic-stricken children, Roets reacted.
He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.
Pandarum said Roets' mother-in-law was shot in the arm and admitted to Kingsway Hospital
A murder, attempted murder and armed robbery case have been opened. - Sapa