A hero hailed as a true Rambo after taking on and fighting a gang of armed robbers has been forced into protective custody after malicious death threats.
Security expert Leo Prinsloo, 52, who personally protected Prince Charles, the Kardashians and Nelson Mandela, is now under armed guard in a hiding place.
These incredible images that have appeared worldwide show how the former South African police sniper keeps a cool head when he comes under fire.
Security expert Leo Prinsloo, 52, – who personally protected Prince Charles, the Kardashians and Nelson Mandela – is now under armed guard in a hiding place
Former police sniper Leo Prinsloo, 48, was escorting a valuable load in an armored truck in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of armed men.
Leo and his sidekick Lloyd Mtombemi remained calm despite their armored escort vehicle being laced with more than 30 bullets from two cars firing AK47s at both of them.
They protected an armored vehicle with a load of cell phones worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.
These amazing images have gone all over the world, but now Leo and his family from Pretoria, South Africa, are paying the price because they have been threatened with execution.
A close friend of the security expert said: “The gang has said they were not happy that Leo fought and said he and his family should pay for it.
It would give the gang that did it a huge reputation.
His family is in hiding as we find out who they are and first reduce and eliminate the threat on them and then they know we are extremely serious.
“We don’t mess around when gangsters threaten one of ours,” he said.
A dozen shots are first heard when a car drives next to safety expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria. The target vehicle is shown, top and bottom
Leo said, ‘I was just doing my job. I am a security instructor and I have my own company that trains police, military, security companies and people to respond.
The key is to pre-visualize what’s going to happen and stay in that mindset so that when the bullets start flying, you know what to expect and be prepared for it.
‘Then you just go in automatically and deal with the threat. Lloyd had only been at it for less than a week, so it was the baptism of fire, but he did what I needed to.
‘I could have opened fire when I got out of the vehicle, but it was safer not to because the threat then went away, so our job was done and the vehicle we escorted was safe.’
The South African guard was caught in dashcam footage repelling a gang of armed robbers who sprayed his security vehicle with more than 30 bullets in an attempt to kill him, before turning the tables by chasing them at gunpoint.
Unbelievable that Leo – who worked for 12 years in the Special Forces unit of the South African Police and teaching their military special forces to shoot – remains remarkably calm during the attack
Former police sniper Prinsloo was escorting a valuable cargo in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of armed men.
A dozen shots can be heard for the first time when a car drives next to security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria, opens fire and eventually shatters its bulletproof window.
It is unbelievable that Leo – who has worked in the South African Police Special Forces for 12 years teaching their special forces to shoot – remains remarkably calm during the attack.
He tells his fellow guard to cock his automatic rifle and gives the throttle while his attackers try to kill him so they can aim the armored car in front of them.
The other car full of gunmen then tries from the other side and fires at least 13 shots into the vehicle, but expert marksman and well-trained sniper Leo remains undisturbed.
The chasing cars try to force him to stop and fire shots into the windshield, but Leo just bangs right into it.
The other car full of gunmen fired at least 13 shots into the vehicle, but expert marksman and highly trained sniper Leo remained undisturbed. His vehicle is pictured above after the attack
When the other cars try again, he rams them too and then decides to change tactics.
A security friend of the hero said: “Tired of the one-way traffic of bullets, Leo hit the brakes and told his colleague to hand him an automatic rifle, unbuckled his seat belt and got out.
Tired of being a seated duck, he decided to fight the armed robbers and would not go down without a fight. He is an accomplished shooter and wanted to give back a little bit.
When they saw Leo get out with his automatic rifle in a body armor and kneel down to aim, they decided they had had enough and gave up and the two cars escaped.
You can tell from the dashcam that he barely pops an eyelid from start to finish, but is constantly aware of where they are and doesn’t flinch when they open fire on him and do his job perfectly
The chasing cars try to force him to stop and fire shots in the windshield, but Leo just bangs right into it
Eventually he gets bored and decides it’s time to shoot back – the man is a hero. You see this kind of Chuck Norris stuff in the movies all the time, but this was real and Leo took the fight to them. ‘
Mr. Prinsloo has a shooting academy called The Edge and trains police, military and security companies in shooting and unarmed combat and how to respond to attacks. He is said to be the best in the business.
His friend said, “This video just shows that Leo not only teaches but also practices what he preaches. He is a true Rambo and has never shown fear in his life. He is a trained sniper and never misses. ‘
Firearms expert Leo said, “I can’t say much as an investigation is underway, but me and my fellow guard did what was expected of us. They had to get us out so they could get the truck.
“But there was no way I could let that happen and unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to shoot back.”
Police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo said: “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 avoid the robbers, but later stopped and got out to wait for the robbers, but they fled instead. No arrests have been made yet. ‘