A local security officer responded to a premises in Walmer recently where he came across two suspects busy looting goods from a commercial building.
Fidelity ADT armed response officer Riaan Dorfling was on duty when he received an alarm activation signal from a business premises along Community Road. The alarm signal was received at around 4am on Saturday 22 February 2020.
“All our officers are equipped with auto dispatch systems, which means that any alarm signal is automatically connected to the closest officer to make sure response is as rapid as possible,” says Fidelity ADT’s Branch Manager for Port Elizabeth, Ryan Britz.
On his arrival, Dorfling saw that one suspect was standing outside and appeared to be a look-out. His alleged accomplice was spotted inside the yard carrying stolen valuables. The suspect on the outside decided to flee, but the second suspect decided to put up a fight and charged at Dorfling while he was armed with a screwdriver.
Britz says their officers are well trained, and know exactly what to do if they feel that their lives are being threatened. “Dorfling instructed the suspect to drop his weapon, and when these instructions were disregarded he had no choice but to draw his firearm and fire a warning shot.”
This led to the suspect dropping his weapon and fleeing, and he unfortunately managed to get away. The allegedly stolen items were however recovered. The incident will be further investigated by Walmer SAPS.
“I would like to commend officer Dorfling for his excellent work and commitment. We are proud of the manner in which he handled himself and for following the correct training protocol. It is wonderful that our customer did not end up suffering any financial losses and that the stolen items were recovered before the suspects could get away,” Britz concluded.