Cops accused of murder

The family of a Johannesburg man who was shot dead by metro police officers at the weekend has accused officials of murder.

Thirty six-year-old Mahendra Behari was gunned down outside his Lenasia house during a shootout with metro officials on Saturday night. It is believed he refused to pull over on the N1 south near the Golden Highway.

Police said Behari, who was travelling with his elderly mother towards Lenasia on Saturday night, was driving recklessly. He was shot dead during a gun battle outside his house.

Officials said after following Behari to his Lenasia house, he opened fire on them, forcing them to return fire but family friend Vishum Ramdin says they view the incident as murder.

"We are a bit disgusted by metro police, they are supposed to be protecting us not taking our lives," said Ramdin. Ramdin said they received conflicting accounts from officers on the scene.

"I spoke to metro police and the one said he was swaying that is why they wanted him to stop, the other said they suspected it was a stolen vehicle," said Ramdin. Police are investigating what actually transpired before the shots were fired. Behari's firearm was confiscated. Eyewitness News

Report ID: 197
Crime Category: Murder
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Lenasia
Address: Lenasia
Crime Date/Time: 27 Feb 2010, 00:02 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 1 Mar 2010, 13:03 PM
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