Armed Robber Dies In Prison: Westville – KZN
An Armed Robber who was shot on his face after he opened fire on a RUSA Response Officer in February 2016 has died in Westville Prison in Kwazulu Natal while awaiting trial with three (3) of his accomplices.
The suspect held up a 65 year old grandmother & her 17 year old grand daughter on February 25, 2016. The female was on the phone with her father when he realized that there was something unusual about his daughter conversation. He contacted Reaction Unit South Africa who responded to the home.
RUSA Director, Prem Balram who arrived on the scene a minute later was met with with heavy gunfire from four (4) suspects were attempting to flee the scene in a silver Chevrolet. Balram returned fire & shot the driver (picture 1) on his face. The bullet exited the suspects left eye. Over 50 live rounds were exchange during the shootout & the suspects fled on foot. Three (3) were arrested on scene & one (1) was arrested a day later. The car with stolen items was recovered in the victims yard. They were denied bail & remanded to Westville Prison.
Reaction Officers received several death threats from the suspect & his family after he lost his eye in the shooting. He further indicated to Police who had transported him to hospital that he intended killing the RUSA Officer who had shot him. The trial was also delayed after the suspects attorney passed on a few months ago. Proceedings are expected to resume in the Verulam Regional Court next month for the remaining three suspects.
According to Police the suspect had died from natural causes. He had also contracted HIV in prison.