PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - What is believed to have been a home invasion on a property on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay turned into a shootout recently when armed men opened fire on responders.
According to information available at this stage, five armed men forced entry into a residence in Ebenezer at about 21:00 on 29 December 2018.
One of the first responders, Marius Venter, who reacted to a plea for help from the victims, said when he arrived on the scene several minutes later – along with Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) operations head Otto Olivier and several rapid response team members – he found that local Peter Auersperg had been shot in the left leg.
“I was informed by his wife and son that one of the men was still in the house,” Venter said.
Upon investigation, Venter noticed two men standing on the property at the edge of a dam. “They fired shots in my direction.”
He said the men then disappeared and along with police and other security role players, the area was searched, but with no success.
Auersperg was in the meantime transported to the Plett MediClinic and from there transferred to a Knysna hospital for further treatment.
It was later established that the men gained access to the house by breaking a window. It is believed one of the rooms in the house was ransacked and a television set was taken.
Plettenberg Bay police confirmed the incident and said a case of house robbery had been opened and was currently under investigation. No arrests have been made since.
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