In a fierce and heavy brawl leading to the molestation of a south African policeman, the criminal overpower the men and eventually stole the car, before he was shot while trying to drive away with the car on the N3, police sources confirmed.

A man was shot in the head when he allegedly tried to hijack a police vehicle in Alberton on Monday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the car veered off the road during a shootout between police and the would-be hijacker. The police officer who was in the car sustained minor injuries.

 The man was taken to a nearby hospital. A second person was arrested.