Cop opens fire in police station

2011-12-16 07:16
Polokwane - A police officer shot and killed the Mookgopong (Naboomspruit) police station commander and another officer before turning the gun on himself on Thursday, said Limpopo police.

Constable Ludwig Masoga walked into the charge office at the police station where station commander Lieutenant Colonel Maria Gwangwa was having a meeting with her management and started shooting, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

He shot Gwangwa, 50, and Warrant Officer Gerald Mphahlele in the head. Both died instantly, said Hangwani. Another two officers were injured.

Lieutenant Samuel Ledwaba was shot in the left shoulder and Constable Rose Moloto in the leg.

"There is a dark cloud in that station now. People are picking themselves up. There is work to be done."

Counsellors were rushed to the scene to debrief police officers who were in the station at the time of the shooting, as well as those coming on duty.

"It was a close-knit family. She [Gwangwa] was a mother to them."

Hangwani said the motive for the shooting was not known.
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