An 80-year-old farmer was killed in a shootout with
police on a farm in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.

According to Brigadier Jay Naicker, the 80-year-old
shot a man in the face, after the man entered the farm to collect his herd.

The man was taken to hospital for the injuries to
his face.

“Police officers, together with a hostage
negotiator, approached the [80-year-old] in an effort to arrest him for the
attempted murder.  [He] allegedly opened fire on the police and was
fatally wounded in the exchange of gunfire,” said Naicker.

He said the farmer’s firearm was seized after the
shootout.

“A case of attempted murder as well as an
inquest docket was opened for further investigation,” said Naicker.

The
Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) are investigating the death
of the farmer.

IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said officers
entered a yard to arrest the farmer.

“Upon police arrival, the [farmer]
was approached with the assistance of a hostage negotiator but it was
unsuccessful,” said Dlamini.

“The [farmer] pointed the
firearm towards the police and fired a single shot. Police returned fire and he
was fatally wounded.”

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