A hero South African guard was caught in dashcam footage fighting a gang of armed thieves who sprayed his security vehicle with more than thirty bullets in an attempt to kill him, before turning the situation around by chasing them under the threat of a weapon.
Former police sniper Leo Prinsloo, 48, was escorting high-value cargo in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of gunmen.
At least a dozen gunshots are heard for the first time as a car approaches security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria, opening fire and ultimately shattering his bulletproof window.
Former police sniper Leo Prinsloo, 48, was escorting high-value cargo in an armored truck in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of men armed.
At least a dozen gunshots are heard for the first time as a car stands alongside security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria. The targeted vehicle is shown above and below
Incredibly, Leo – who was part of the South African Police Service’s special forces unit for 12 years and is learning to shoot their military special forces – remains remarkably calm in the face of attacks.
Incredibly, Leo – who served in the South African Police Service’s special forces unit for 12 years and who is teaching their military special forces to shoot – remains remarkably calm in the face of attacks.
He tells his fellow security guard to cock his automatic rifle and hits the accelerator as his attackers try to kill him so they can target the armored car ahead.
The other car full of gunmen then tries to the other side and fires at least 13 rounds into the vehicle, but expert sniper and highly skilled sniper Leo remains unfazed.
The chasing cars try to force him to stop and fire gunshots into the windshield, but Leo just rushes right into it.
The other car full of gunmen fired at least 13 shots into the vehicle, but expert sniper and highly trained sniper Leo remained unfazed. His vehicle is pictured above after the attack
When the other cars try again, he rams them as well and then decides on a change of tactics.
A safety friend of the hero said: “Leo got fed up with the one-way bullet traffic and hit the brakes and told his coworker to hand him an automatic rifle, released his seat belt and got out.
“He was tired of being a sitting duck and decided to fight the armed thieves and was not going to fall without a fight. He is a shooting expert and wanted to give a little back.
“When they saw Leo come out with his automatic rifle in a bulletproof vest and kneel down to aim, they decided they had had enough and abandoned him and both cars managed to escape.
“You can see on the dashcam that from start to finish he barely flaps an eyelid but is constantly aware of where they are and doesn’t flinch when they open fire on him and does his job perfectly.
The chasing cars try to force him to stop and fire shots in the windshield, but Leo just rams them through
Mr Prinsloo, pictured above, owns a shooting academy called The Edge and trains police, military and security companies in unarmed shooting and combat and how to respond to attacks
“Eventually he gets bored and decides it’s time to fight back – the man is a hero. You see that kind of Chuck Norris stuff all the time in the movies, but it was for real and Leo fought against them.
Mr. Prinsloo has a shooting academy called The Edge and trains police, military and security companies in hand-to-hand shooting and combat and how to respond to attacks. They say he’s the best in the business.
His friend said: “This video just shows that Leo not only teaches but practices what he preaches. He is a real Rambo and has never shown fear in his life. He is a trained sniper and never fails.
Firearms expert Leo said: “I can’t say much as an investigation is underway, but my fellow guard and I have done what was expected of us. They had to get us out in order to get the cargo vehicle out.
“But I wasn’t going to let that happen and unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to fight back. “
Police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo said: “The suspects in two cars fired numerous shots at a security vehicle in a convoy in an attempt to stop it in a pursuit in high speed in Pretoria.
“The driver of the vehicle managed to escape the thieves, but then stopped and got out to wait for the thieves, but they ran away instead. No arrests have yet been made.