Police confirm Sutherland shooting

2011-01-20 14:47

Northern Cape police were at a farm near the Karoo town of Sutherland, where a French couple, who shot dead a police officer and wounded another, were believed to have been killed today.

Lieutenant Colonel Hendrik Swart said the couple had yet to be identified, but confirmed that a man and woman were dead.

“They were shot in a house on the farm, and certified dead. Several firearms, and numerous amounts of ammunition were also found.”

The bodies were still in the house as police investigated.

The scene on the farm Hardie was earlier described by media as a “Hollywood-style movie”, overrun with police and journalists.

The couple, believed to have been members of the US-based Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, had lived in a house on the farm for 12 years.

Swart said the shooting took place at another house – about one kilometre away from their previous dwelling. They had apparently barricaded themselves inside the property.

Philippe Meniére (60) and Agnes Jardel (55) had evaded police since Friday, after shooting dead student Constable Jacob Boleme (27) and wounding Warrant Officer Glenwall du Toit (42).

Hardie farm owner Gerhardus du Plessis tried to evict them from his property when he found a number of unlicensed firearms in their possession. Four policemen arrived at the property with a warrant to search for the weapons last Friday.

According to media reports Meniére shot Boleme at point blank range, and Jardel wounded Du Toit (42) in the back.

Swart told Sapa that police found the two after a helicopter was sent out late last night to observe movement on the farm.

“We then received a call from the farm owner, who spotted movement at the house.”

He said police believed the couple had been at the house for about two days, and had prior to that been hiding in the nearby veld.

“We are still investigating the shooting. All the necessary members are on scene doing their jobs,” Swart said.


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