A man has been arrested for taking six girls hostage in a house in Extension 9, in Joza, Grahamstown during the early hours of this morning.
Police spokesman, Captain Mali Govender, said the six girls were inside when the man arrived at about 04:00.
The owner of the house, a Grahamstown police officer, was not home at the time.
Govender said the man had then called the police woman and told her that he was taking the girls hostage after finding the police officer’s firearm at home.
One of the girls was the officer’s daughter.
Police were informed that there was a man in the house acting in a violent manner, and upon arrival, were told the man was in the house with the girls.
“Prior to police arrival, several shots were fired in the air after a neighbour tried talking to the suspect,” said Govender.
Police negotiators were at the house until the man surrendered at about 8am. The man, in his 20s, was arrested.
A case of attempted murder, due to the shots being fired, as well as kidnapping and the unlawful discharge of a firearm has been opened. No-one was hurt during the incident.
“This incident is believed to be linked to a report received the previous evening,” Govender said.
“The suspect requested police assistance to go to the home of the police officer and collect keys to his house as there appeared to have been a domestic dispute. The suspect’s house keys were handed to him.”
Govender said police would also conduct an internal investigation.
The man was expected to appear in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court soon.