Durban – An elderly farmer has been killed in a shootout with the police at his farm in Bergville this Monday morning.
Police had responded to a shooting at the farm earlier in the morning. It is believed that a local resident had entered the farm just before 11:00 am to recover goats allegedly illegally confiscated by the 80-year-old farmer.
The farmer allegedly opened fire on the man, shooting him in the face.
The victim was rushed to hospital and police were called to the scene.
Heavily-armed police officers, together with an SAPS hostage negotiator, entered the farm just outside Bergville, Geluksburg area.
The farmer allegedly opened fire on police, who dived for cover.
A shoot-out between the officers and the farmer ensued. He was shot dead.
A case of attempted murder has been opened, as well as an inquest docket.