Man arrested for shooting at police in Bedfordview hostage drama

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A man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring three police officers who were responding to a hostage situation at a house in Klopperpark in Bedfordview East of Johannesburg on Sunday.

Police received a complaint that a woman and children were being held hostage by the husband.

Gauteng Police Spokesperson Mavela Masondo said SAPS hostage negotiator and task team were summoned to the scene. When police arrived at the house, the suspect fired at police and also shot a family friend who was also inside the house.

The suspect released all the other victims and surrendered himself to the police. He was then arrested and will be charged with four counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The injured police officers and the family friend were taken to the nearest medical care centre where they are in serious, but stable condition.