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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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 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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