Sus­pect shot af­ter at­tempted hi­jack­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

A WOULD-BE hi­jacker was shot in the leg af­ter at­tack­ing a se­cu­rity guard who rushed to the aid of a woman who had been dragged out of her car by three men.

The at­tempted hi­jack­ing hap­pened in Twine Road, Plum­stead, at 6.40am on Thurs­day while the woman was rev­ers­ing out of her garage.

Heinz Smekal, spokesman for Com­bat Force, a se­cu­rity com­pany op­er­at­ing in Plum­stead, said one of their pa­trol ve­hi­cles had spot­ted the woman on the ground. A sus­pect at­tacked one of their se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, kick­ing him in the chest.

Smekal said the of­fi­cer fell back and fired a warn­ing shot into the ground. When the sus­pect came at him again,he shot him in the leg.

The other two fled, al­though one was later caught.

Po­lice spokesman In­spec­tor Keith Chan­dler said the sus­pect, 22, from Philippi, had been shot in the right thigh but was in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The case has been handed over to the Or­gan­ised Crime Unit.

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