Policeman kills self, family

2011-04-16 22:45
Bloemfontein - A 40-year-old policeman killed his girlfriend and two of her children before turning a gun on himself in Bloemfontein, Free State police said on Saturday.

Captain Harry Nagel said they were called to a house in General de Wet at 23:30 on Friday for a domestic violence incident.

They arrived to find that the warrant officer had holed up his 39-year-old girlfriend and her three children - a nine-year-old girl and two boys, aged five and 13.

The officer demanded that his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter enter the house but she refused.

Lights were then switched off in the house and several shots were fired.

Police entered and found the bodies of the policeman and children in the TV room.

The body of the girlfriend was found in the kitchen.

Nagel said they found the teenage boy seriously wounded with a gunshot to the head.

He was taken to hospital for further treatment.

A case of attempted murder and three counts of murder were opened. An inquest had also been opened.

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