Two on-duty security guards were shot before being stripped of their firearms in separate incidents that happened 30 minutes apart in Claremont, at the weekend.
One of the guards died instantly from a bullet wound while the second one is believed to be fighting for his life in hospital.
The Fidelity Services Group confirmed the two separate shooting incidents on Saturday night (23 July 2022) at or around 9pm.
“In one incident in Claremont, a Fidelity ADT armed response officer was attacked by unknown suspects who reportedly targeted him for his firearm. Our officer sustained fatal gunshot injuries during the incident.
“The second similar incident took place in Harfield Village where another armed response officer was attacked, and his firearm taken from him. The officer is currently in hospital where he is undergoing treatment,” says Wahl Bartmann, CEO of the Fidelity Services Group.
“We are deeply saddened by these attacks. We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of our colleague who died and wish our second officer a speedy recovery. We will provide the SAPS our full cooperation to make sure that the attackers are found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Any eyewitnesses to the incidents are asked to contact the SAPS.