Johannesburg – Police in the Joburg metro rescued a Taxify driver from the trunk of his car after he was hijacked by suspects who stripped his vehicle.
A shootout between the suspects and a subway policeman later took place, but the men disappeared into the dark.
The traumatized man was rescued and taken to the police where a case was opened.
According to Xolani Fihla of the metro police, their K9 unit received information on Saturday evening after 11 p.m. about a crime that was being committed.
He said the information they received was that men were busy undressing a white Nissan Almera with the victim in the trunk of the vehicle.
It was not far from the man’s house in Ennerdale.
An officer went to investigate and saw a suspicious vehicle with two suspects lying in wait.
Fihla said the officer immediately called for backup and suspects noticed him from a distance.
“The suspects then abandoned the vehicle and headed for a nearby tavern.
“The officer, who was on foot, tried to call the suspects. The suspects then shot the officer and he fired back.
“They fled through an open field and continued to shoot the officer.
“He followed the suspects on foot.
“The suspects managed to escape as they jumped from house to house.
“When reinforcements arrived, officers searched the area without success.
“It was discovered that the vehicle had been hijacked and the victim had been released from the trunk of his vehicle,” Fihla said.
The man was removed from the safe and taken to Ennerdale Police Station where a case of hijacking and kidnapping.
The vehicle has been reserved at the SAPS Lenasia pound for further investigation, Fihla said.
Metro police management praised the first officer responding for his courage and determination while off duty at the time.