2007-11-15: Policeman shot in mall robbery

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2007-11-15: Policeman shot in mall robbery

Postby Rudi » Mon, 2007-11-19 19:42

Policeman shot in mall robbery

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by Miranda Andrew
A Durban policeman is undergoing emergency surgery after he was shot twice in the chest while trying to apprehend armed robbers fleeing a crime scene, police said on Thursday. Police detective Andre Mostert was shot twice during the crossfire and was undergoing emergency surgery at St Augustines Hospital on Thursday afternoon. Police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said an armed robbery was in progress at the Beverley Jewellery store at the Pavilion shopping complex in Westville when the incident took place before 10am. “He was caught in a gunfight with robbers trying to escape the crime scene,” said Mdunge. The police’s Michael Read said four armed robbers had struck the store and were leaving the scene when Detective Mostert of the Berea police station intervened. A close friend and colleague Inspector Nolan Naidoo said Mostert was on duty at the time -- he was going to take statements for a case he was working on. “When he saw the robbery in progress he tried to render assistance but the robbers turned on him,” Naidoo said. He described Mostert as a helpful, down to earth person who is married with a young daughter. Pavilion management, however, in a statement disputed details given by police. It said that there were only three gunmen and that Mostert was off-duty. It further stated that the incident took place at the Arthur Kaplan Jewellery store. “The gunmen left the store with two bags of jewellery and entered the centre. At this point, the off duty policeman saw what was happening and drew his weapon to confront the gunmen, and in the process, he was shot... “Dropping one bag, the gunmen fled with the other and onlookers immediately dragged the injured man to safety inside another jewellery store,” the statement read. Stores at the mall remained closed until centre management gave the signal to re-open. General manager Preston Gaddy said: “The management are utterly appalled at this invasive and violent incident, and would like to express our deepest concern for the man who was injured.” “We are, as always, committed to the safety of both our staff and our shoppers, and we will continue to support all endeavours to minimise the risk and potential dangers surrounding the centre,” Gaddy said. An off-duty policewoman who had been shopping at the time told Sapa that dozens of Christmas shoppers ran for cover when several shots were fired inside the mall. “Some dropped their packets and ducked behind huge pot plants and others ran into nearby stores,” she said. Staffers at nearby shops were seen rolling down their shutters and closing their doors. The policewoman said the jewellery store window was riddled with bullet holes and bullet cartridges were lying all over the ground. There were no other reported injuries. –Sapa Cop shot in crossfire at Durban mall DURBAN – A Durban policeman was shot twice in the chest while trying to apprehend armed robbers fleeing a crime scene, police said on Thursday. Police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said the officer was responding to an armed robbery at the Pavilion Shopping complex in Westville when the incident took place before 10am. “He was caught in a gunfight with robbers trying to escape the crime scene,” said Mdunge. He said an unknown number of robbers struck at Beverley Jewellers, opposite Edgars, inside the Pavilion mall. “At this stage, we don’t know if money or jewellery has been taken,” said Mdunge. An off-duty policewoman who had been shopping at the time told Sapa that dozens of Christmas shoppers ran for cover when several shots were fired inside the mall. “Some dropped their packets and ducked behind huge pot plants and others ran into nearby stores,” she said. Staffers at nearby shops were seen rolling down their shutters and closing their doors. The policewoman said the jewellery store window was riddled with bullet holes and bullet cartridges were lying all over the ground. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the officer was shot twice in the chest and was in a serious condition. “We are trying to stabilise him now and he will be airlifted to St Augustines Hospital,” he said. There were no other reported injuries. Beverley Jewellers is situated on the ground floor of the mall, next to an escalator and opposite Edgars and Woolworths. The mall’s public relations officer, Zama Khumalo and the general manager, Preston Gaddy could not comment on the matter. – Sapa.

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