Durban cop killed at shooting range to be given military funeral

2016-01-26 12:15

Durban – When Mark Goodwin heard the doctors say the words, "We tried everything to save him", he knew his brother, Sergeant Malcolm Goodwin, had died.

Goodwin, 40, died in the line of duty at a tactical intervention exercise at a Pietermaritzburg shooting range, on January 20.

The officer, who was based at the Durban Flying Squad, was accidentally shot in the chest by a fellow officer during what was believed to be a mock demonstration.  

His death has left his family and friends heartbroken.

Mark, 44, a policeman in the Durban Central Motorbike Unit, said on January 20 a colleague called him and told him to call another colleague based in the SAPS camera room.

"When I called this guy, he said I must go to Netcare St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg urgently. Malcolm has been shot and he is in critical condition."

He said he drove to the hospital where they broke the news to family.

"She [the nurse] kept saying we tried everything… I just knew he was gone."

Mark said he would miss his brother, who was the youngest of three children.

"With my brother, it was always his way or the highway and that is why we often had run ins or disagreements.

"He was very fussy and particular about his things, even the way his uniform was to be ironed. I will miss that."

When asked if the family had forgiven the officer responsible to his brother’s death, Mark said: "It is hard… With us going to work, we know every day that we might not come back that day. As a policeman you have to accept that."

A full military funeral service will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Musgrave from 14:00 to 16:00 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the police have handed the docket to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to investigate the matter.  

IPID spokesperson Robbie Raburabu told News24 that the investigation was in its early stages.

"Nothing has happened. As far as I know the colleague has not been suspended. He is still at work conducting his duties," he said. 

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