Traffic cop shoots wife three times in face

2010-04-30 00:00

A WOMAN (28) is fighting for her life after she was shot three times in the face by her traffic officer husband, apparently with a service pistol, at their Pietermaritzburg home yesterday evening.

The woman was shot in a full view of a six-year-old boy, who is believed to be their son.

The bloody shooting happened at the couple’s home in Oribi village at about 4 pm. Soon after the incident, the police launched a manhunt for the victim’s gunman husband, who works for the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI).

The motive for the shooting is not clear. The victim’s mother, who was in the bathroom when the shooting occurred, declined to speak to The Witness. She tried to prevent her neighbours from talking to the reporter.

Later, however, some neighbours said they had run to the scene immediately after hearing the gunshots.

“Her condition looked bad. She was shot in the face while her mother was in the bathroom. The whole house is full of blood. We hope the police catch this man as he ran away,” said one of the neighbours.

The reporter, who was barred from entering the house, could see blood stains on the wall and on the verandah floor. There was also a blood-stained pillow.

About five ER24 ambulances were seen speeding off to hospital with sirens blaring. Two policemen in civilian clothes were in the yard gathering evidence.

ER24’s Paul Knoesen said that when paramedics arrived at the scene they found people trying to stop the blood flow from the woman’s wounds.

“We found her relatives and neighbours trying to stop her from bleeding. She was lying on her side on the verandah with three three wounds on the face. One of the wounds was just under an eye. A fourth wound was on her right hand.

“It seems she was shot in the lounge because there was lots of blood there,” said Knoesen. He said the victim was taken to Medi-Clinic, but at about 6.30 pm she was transferred to Grey’s Hospital because she was not on medical aid.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the gunman is a traffic officer. She said that it is not clear whether he used his service pistol in the shooting. “This is an SA Police Force matter, and we believe that they are busy looking for him,” said Mngomezulu.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the police believe that the man used his service pistol.

“Police are still busy trying to establish the motive for the shooting. We only know that the victim’s mother and a six-year-old boy, who we believe is the couple’s son, were present.

“We are busy looking for him, and we have opened an attempted murder charge,” said Zwane.

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