Driver Leo Prinsloo armed and dangerous at his gun teaching school
Driver Leo Prinsloo armed and dangerous at his gun teaching school.

The hero driver under attack in South Africa, who emerged cool, calm and collected, after his vehicle was attacked with a hail of bullets, is becoming a worldwide hit, with the video footage showing his heroism going viral globally and his name splashed across the pages of international media from the New York Post to the UK’s Daily Mail, and featured on TV channels from CNN to Sky News. (See video at bottom of page.)

The puff of gunsmoke from the rear mirror of a car full of gunmen trying to kill drive Leo Prinsloo and rob his secure truck of its mobile phone cargo.
The puff of gunsmoke from the rear mirror of a car full of gunmen trying to kill driver Leo Prinsloo and rob his secure truck of its cell phone cargo. To use any of the text, photos or video, please contact Jamie Pyatt News Ltd.
The shattered bullet proof glass of the Toyota Landc Cruiser security station wagon that saved life of hero driver Leo Prinsloo
The shattered bullet proof glass of the Toyota Landc Cruiser security station wagon that saved life of hero driver Leo Prinsloo

The incredibly brave guard, who was driving an escort vehicle, has been named as 48-year-old Leo Prinsloo. Read below as his friend describes the real-life Rambo.

Leo Prinsloo is a former police sniper

The former police sniper was escorting a high value cargo (cell phones) in an armoured truck in his unmarked armoured Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of gunmen… and pelted with over 30 bullets in a bid to kill him.

Driver Leo who runs his own company teaching people how to fire guns and fight back demonstrates his gun skills at a teaching class
Driver Leo who runs his own company teaching people how to fire guns and fight back demonstrates his gun skills at a teaching class

A dozen shots at least are first heard as one car pulls alongside security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in Pretoria, opening fire and finally shattering his bullet proof window.


Incredibly Leo – who was with the South African Police Services special forces unit for 12 years and teaches their military special forces to shoot – remains remarkably calm under attack.

Driver Leo demonstrating his gun skills
Driver Leo demonstrating his gun skills

He tells his fellow security guard to cock his automatic rifle, hits the accelerator and swears a little in Afrikaans as they try to eliminate him, in their attempt to attack the armoured car in front.

Driver Leo Prinsloo orders his driver to cock his automatic rifle
Driver Leo Prinsloo orders his passenger, also a guard, to cock his automatic rifle. Leo says: “I and my fellow guard did what was expected of us…”
At least a dozen bullets fired at driver Leo Prinsloo but they shatter but cannot penetrate his bullet proof glass window
At least a dozen bullets fired at driver Leo Prinsloo but they shatter but cannot penetrate his bullet proof glass window

The other car full of gunmen then try from the other side and fire at least 13 shots into the vehicle but expert marksman and highly trained sniper Leo remains unperturbed and remains very calm.

The chasing cars try to force him to stop and fire shots into the windscreen but Leo – who did 17 years in the police and 12 of those in their special forces – simply rams straight into them.

When the other car tries again, he rams them as well then decides on a change of tactics.

Leo decided to take the fight to the robbers… but they fled in fear

A security friend of the hero said: “Leo got fed up with the one-way traffic of bullets and hit the brakes and told his colleague to hand him the automatic rifle and released his seat belt and got out.

“He had enough of being a sitting duck and decided to take the fight to the armed robbers and was not going to go down without a fight. He is an expert shot and wanted to give a little bit back.

Fed up of being shot at Leo Prinsloo stops his Land Cruiser and grabs his automatic rifle from the guard who has cocked it
Fed up of being shot at Leo Prinsloo stops his Land Cruiser and grabs his automatic rifle from the guard who has cocked it

“When they saw Leo get out with his automatic rifle in a bullet proof vest and kneeling down to take aim they decided they had had enough and gave it up and the two cars made their escape.

Driver Leo gets out ready to open fire on his attakers who u-turn and flee
Driver Leo gets out ready to open fire on his attackers who u-turn and flee

“You can see from the dashcam that from start to finish he hardly bats 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

“Eventually he gets bored and decides it is time to return fire – the man is a hero. You see this sort of Chuck Norris stuff all the time in the movies but this was for real and Leo took the fight to them.

Leo has a shooting academy, The Edge, and trains police, military and security companies to shoot and teaches unarmed combat and how to react to being under attack. He is – understandably – said to be the best in the business.

He is a real-life Rambo

His friend said: “This video just shows Leo not only teaches but practices what he preaches. He is a real-life Rambo and has never shown any fear in his life. He is a trained sniper and never misses.”

Firearms expert Leo said: “I cannot say much as an investigation is underway but I and my fellow guard did what was expected of us. They needed to take us out so they could take out the cargo vehicle.

“…I and my fellow guard did what was expected of us…”

“But there was no way I was going to let that happen and unfortunately I did not have a chance to return fire,” he said.

The shattered bullet proof windscreen and front damage to the Land Cruiser where brave Leo Prinsloo rammed those who tried to kill him and steal his load of mobile phones
The shattered bullet proof windscreen and front damage to the Land Cruiser where brave Leo Prinsloo rammed those who tried to kill him and steal his load of mobile phones

Police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo confirmed: “The suspects in two cars fired many shots at a security vehicle in a convoy in an attempt to stop it during a high-speed chase in Pretoria.

The armoured Toyota Land Cruiser after that attack which brave Leo Prinsloo saw off which was carrying a consignment of mobile phones
The armoured Toyota Land Cruiser after that attack which brave Leo Prinsloo saw off which was carrying a consignment of mobile phones

“The driver of the vehicle managed to evade the robbers but later stopped and got out to wait for the robbers.., but they fled instead. No arrests have been made as of yet,” he said.

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