South African Man Defeats Burglars With Illegal Gun

    A South African man who lived next door to a shop that was being burglarized intervened with an illegally-owned handgun, shooting two and killing one. He was subsequently placed under arrest for murder, attempted murder, and the unlawful possession of a handgun. reports:

    Johannesburg – A man has been arrested for killing an alleged burglar and wounding his accomplice on Thursday in Thokoza, east of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said.

    Five men allegedly broke into a spaza shop in the early hours of the morning, Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

    The shop is in the man’s yard. He heard a noise and decided to investigate.

    Upon discovering the group of alleged burglars he shot at them, Makhubela said.

    “He got out (of the house) and shot at them leaving one dead and another injured.”

    The group of four, including the wounded man, managed to flee the scene.

    “Around 8am they were traced and arrested in one of the houses in the area,” Makhubela said.

    The man was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm belonging to the Johannesburg metro police department.

    He was arrested for alleged murder, attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

    All five men would appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court soon, Makhubela said.

    The group of four faced a business burglary charge.

    My initial thought is that it’s not worth intervening to protect someone else’s property, especially if you know doing so will land you in trouble. However, at the same time I am not at all sympathetic to the robbers.

    H/T GunWatch

    Nathaniel F

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