A man suspected of taking part in a robbery of store owned by a Pakistan national in Setlagole, Mahikeng on Monday (24 June) night allegedly shot two dogs before turning the gun on himself.
According to the police, it is alleged that on Monday at around 19:45 in the evening four suspects entered the business premises owned by a Pakistan national and started assaulting him and his Malawian security guard. The alleged victims the fled to their backroom which they locked and alerted their friends who in turn called the police.
“The suspects allegedly gained entry into the shop through a broken burglar door and forced entry into the bedroom where the two were hiding. The victims were assaulted with an iron rot by the suspects who demanded money. They took groceries, cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects heard a noise from the outside and they fled the scene,” says Lieutenant Colonel Metsi of the North West SAPS.
Together with members of the Setlagole community police chased the suspects, who then split and ran in different directions. When one suspect was cornered by two dogs, he shot the dogs. “When the police heard gun shots they rushed back to where the shooting took place and the suspect was cornered. The police ordered him to drop his gun but he instead turned the gun to his head and shot himself with a Z88 9mm pistol” says Lieutenant Colonel Metsi.
The police have since established that the firearm used by the suspect was robbed from a police officer sometime last year.
The other three suspects are still at large and anyone with information that can help with their arrest is urged to call Warrant Officer Tshabalala at 082 373 5261.