KZN homeowner and his dog shot in robbery

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Armed suspects shot and critically injured a Northdene resident and his dog during a home invasion on Tuesday night.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said four armed suspects, wearing balaclavas gained entry into the home at around 10.20pm.

“The resident’s wife was in the lounge when she heard a noise and saw suspects in the kitchen. Shots were fired and she immediately ran to the bedroom where she pressed a panic button. When she returned to the kitchen, she found her husband lying on the floor,” Mathios said.

“It is alleged that the armed suspects gained entry into the home through a door and confronted the woman’s husband, who was busy taking on his phone in the kitchen. The suspects allegedly fired two shots, one of them critically injuring the resident, and the other critically wounding his Pitbull Terrier, when the dog intervened during the confrontation,” he said.

“Rescue Care Paramedics attended the scene of the crime where they stabilised the patient before transporting him to hospital.” The injured dog was transported to the Westville Vet for emergency medical attention.

“The suspects fled the scene of the crime with the resident’s cellphone. It is unclear whether the suspects fled on foot or in a getaway vehicle,” Mathios said. Members of the Malvern SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

Mathios advised residents to always ensure that external beams are activated at night for an early warning system and to keep security gates and doors locked.

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