Tributes pour in for Durban cop killed at shooting range

2016-01-21 14:34
Malcolm Goodwin who died tragically during a SAPS training course at a Pietermaritzburg shooting range. He was shot accidentally by a colleague during a demonstration. (News24)

Malcolm Goodwin who died tragically during a SAPS training course at a Pietermaritzburg shooting range. He was shot accidentally by a colleague during a demonstration. (News24)

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Durban – Condolences have been pouring in for Durban policeman Malcolm Goodwin, who was killed in an accident at a shooting range on Wednesday.

Friends and colleagues took to Facebook and posted moving tributes to Goodwin, saying he was a friendly and professional policeman.

The Mercury reported that, according to a witness, aged 27 officers were attending a training session at a Pietermaritzburg shooting range. The officers were divided into groups to enact various scenarios.

A colleague fired a shot and the bullet struck Goodwin in the chest. He had reportedly been acting as a resisting bystander.

His family said it was not ready to speak to the media.

Messages and tributes to Goodwin were posted on Facebook group C-3 Community Crime Cooperative.

"It is very sad to report the untimely passing of Sergeant Malcolm Goodwin, who worked at Durban Accident Unit. He was on a course in Pietermaritzburg and succumbed to a fatal shot fired by accident."

David Paul Bramley posted: "This is the second time in as many months [that] tragedy has struck us as Durban Police Emergency Service.

"Again we witness first-hand how lives can be shattered in the blink of an eye. Malcolm was friendly, well respected and a professional member who will be missed and never replaced."

Suman Singh said: "Sitting up and thinking of my friend and brother Malcolm. How I pray that this sad news was not true.

"To Malcom, your memory will never be lost. I will never forget how you put a smile on our faces. And how you made us laugh with big tears. I am so broken today," wrote Patrick Herron.

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