Ex-cop kills himself after shooting wife, others

2013-12-09 11:05

A former policeman shot himself and later died after shooting his wife, another officer and two bystanders in Odendaalsrus, Welkom.

Jan Letshele (62) allegedly assaulted his wife at their home in Kutloanong on Friday, Captain Stephen Thakeng said.

A neighbour then called the police.

Upon their arrival Letshele told the two officers to back off as he had a gun, so they called for back up.

He then held his wife hostage, Thakeng said.

“After a while one of his neighbours arrived at his house to try and talk to him. While they were talking, as he unlocked the door, the wife managed to run [out of] the house.

“But he shot her three times in her stomach and in her knee.”

More police had arrived at the house by then.

An officer and a male and a female bystander were each shot in the leg by Letshele.

He set his three cars alight – a Tata Indica, a Mercedez-Benz and a Toyota bakkie. As a result of this, the kitchen caught fire and burnt down.

Letshele then went to the back of his yard and shot himself in the head.

He and the three others were taken to various hospitals in the area.

Letshele died on Saturday.

An inquest was opened, Thakeng said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.