A man who stopped at a petrol station to buy fast food was shot dead, allegedly by a hitchhiker, in Mpumalanga on Sunday.

According to police, the hitchhiker stole his firearm and shot him next to the petrol station in White River.

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Andrew Thulare, 46, and his brother picked up the hitchhiker.

“The driver is said to have hidden the firearm in his car but the man… saw where it was,” police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli said.

“Thulare and his brother stopped for a break at a restaurant next to a fuel station and left the other man in the car.”

The man then allegedly stole the firearm and ran away.

Thulare realised that his firearm was missing and pursued the man, who allegedly turned around and shot him before fleeing.

“Security forces… gave chase and cornered the suspect,” Mdhluli said.

Thulare was certified dead at the scene.

According to Mdhluli, the 34-year-old man was expected to appear in the White River Magistrate’s Court on Monday.