Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Wounded victim turns gun on armed robber

Graeme Hosken

April 22 2009 at 10:25AM

A Pretoria homeowner was shot and injured and his dog killed in a robbery - but he managed to disarm one of his attackers, shooting and seriously wounding him.

The attack occurred when James Mitchell awoke to the sound of his greyhound barking as four men climbed through the kitchen window of his Pierre van Ryneveld home.

As Mitchell ran to investigate, one of the gunmen opened fire, shooting him and the family dog.

Police said Mitchell, who is in a stable condition in Unitas Hospital, was able to fight for control of for the gun with his assailant and during the struggle the firearm went off and shot the man in the chest. He was seriously wounded,

Brooklyn police spokesperson, Captain Colette Weilbach, said the other three men managed to flee.

When police responded to an alert, they found the wounded man hiding in a wooden shelter on a nearby property.

They also found a cellphone taken during the robbery in a neighbour's garden.

The suspect will appear in court as soon as he had been discharged from hospital.

He will face charges of house robbery, attempted murder and a charge of malicious damage for shooting of the family dog.

Anyone with information on the men who fled can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Pretoria News on April 22, 2009


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